Watch these live beach cameras as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolina coast

Watch these live beach cameras as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolina coast

Keep an eye on these live video cameras to see how Hurricane Florence is affecting various parts of the Carolinas coastline. The center of the storm is expected to hit the coast sometime Friday. Here’s how things look at the Avalon fishing pier, on the northern end of the Outer Banks: [embedded content] And at the Oceanana Pier, south of New Bern, here’s how things look: [embedded content] At Edisto Beach, southwest of Charleston: You…

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Florence sends couple's wedding to city named Hurricane

Florence sends couple's wedding to city named Hurricane

HURRICANE, W.Va. — A couple who planned to marry on the Outer Banks in North Carolina has moved their wedding to another state to avoid an uninvited guest: Hurricane Florence. WCHS-TV reports months of planning were swept away as Florence approached, so Marsha Bradbury called the mayor of Hurricane, West Virginia, to see if he could help. Mayor Scott Edwards says this a rare exception as the city hasn’t allowed people to reserve City Hall…

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Flash flood watch issued ahead of weekend storm that could lead to wettest September in S.A. history

Flash flood watch issued ahead of weekend storm that could lead to wettest September in S.A. history

By Fares Sabawi, mySanAntonio.com Published 11:08 am CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 Forecasters are expecting up to four inches of rain across San Antonio through the weekend. Isolated spots may get up to 8 inches of rain. Forecasters are expecting up to four inches of rain across San Antonio through the weekend. Isolated spots may get up to 8 inches of rain. Photo: National Weather Service TxDOT is dispatching vehicles to San Antonio to help with…

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Trump rejects official Puerto Rico death toll

Trump rejects official Puerto Rico death toll

WASHINGTON – (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration’s response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the U.S….

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Anheuser-Busch sending more than 300,000 cans of water to those affected by Hurricane Florence

Anheuser-Busch sending more than 300,000 cans of water to those affected by Hurricane Florence

300,000 cans of drinking water is headed to Hurricane Florence affected communities (Source: Anheuser-Busch) (KFVS) – Anheuser-Busch plans to join relief efforts for Hurricane Florence. The company will send six truckloads of water to affected communities. That comes to a total of more than 300,000 cans. The drinking water will communities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as the states get ready for a massive storm according to company officials. After requests from wholesalers…

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WATCH LIVE: East Coast beach cams show Hurricane Florence rolling in

WATCH LIVE: East Coast beach cams show Hurricane Florence rolling in

As Hurricane Florence plows full force ahead toward the East Coast, all eyes are on the area. Keep tabs on the storm by watching the following live webcams along parts of the coast. Isle of Palms, South Carolina: Isle of Palms, South Carolina: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina: [embedded content] Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina: [embedded content] Graham Media Group 2018

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8 p.m. update: What’s the latest Hurricane Florence forecast for Charlotte?

8 p.m. update: What’s the latest Hurricane Florence forecast for Charlotte?

Here’s a quick 8 p.m. Charlotte-area forecast for Hurricane Florence, with more rain possibly on its way and the bad weather expected to last through Tuesday. At 3 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service put Charlotte, Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina under a flash-flood watch from Saturday morning to Tuesday morning.: When: While Florence’s wind speeds dropped to 100 mph Thursday afternoon, it remains a massive, powerful and widening storm. Bands of rainfall…

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Hurricane Florence closes the only road connecting NC’s Outer Banks, photos show

Hurricane Florence closes the only road connecting NC’s Outer Banks, photos show

(This story was updated at 4:30 p.m. Eastern) Hurricane Florence’s “life threatening” storm surge arrived Thursday morning, breaching dunes and sending white water and sand washing across the only highway linking North Carolina’s barrier islands in the Outer Banks. NC 12 early Thursday, as waves generated by Hurricane Florence covered the highway with sand and surf. NCDOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed N.C. Highway 12 shortly after 1 p.m. between Hatteras Village and…

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Hurricane Florence: These live webcams offer safe storm watching

Hurricane Florence: These live webcams offer safe storm watching

>>>See how the U.S. East Coast is preparing for the potentially deadly hurricane. This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. >>>See how the U.S. East Coast is preparing for the potentially deadly hurricane. This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Photo: AP Waves crash under a pier in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Wednesday,…

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After Hugo took ‘everything,’ Garden City businesses take no chances with Florence

After Hugo took ‘everything,’ Garden City businesses take no chances with Florence

Sandbags stood guard at the front door of Sam’s Corner, home of “beach burgers” and “World Famous Hot Dogs.” Next door, workers hauled away heavy arcade machines. Across the street, a sheriff’s deputy enforced the “closed” sign at the Garden City pier. Twenty-four hours before Hurricane Florence’s anticipated landfall along South Carolina’s coast, the Garden City community was mostly emptied out. “We’re moving out,” Georgie Martin, owner of Gigi’s Grill and the Garden City Pavilion…

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Hurricane Ike hit the Houston and Galveston areas a decade ago this week

PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos  Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos from this traumatic hurricane event… less PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike in photos  Waves crashing into the seawall reaching over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. >>>See more photos … more Photo:…

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Hurricane Florence’s winds and rain begin lashing Carolinas

Hurricane Florence’s winds and rain begin lashing Carolinas

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still deadly Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the homes of as many as 10 million people with immense amounts of rain. Florence’s top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 140 mph (225 kph) to 110 mph (175…

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A behind-the-scenes look at WECT's Hurricane Florence coverage

A behind-the-scenes look at WECT's Hurricane Florence coverage

Behind the Scenes at WECT (Source: WECT) WECT’s Bill Murray has a behind the scenes look at our news and production crews prepping for storm coverage. Many team members leaving family behind to provide the information you need to know to stay safe. We’re sheltering in place in the WECT studios. If you have Facetime or Skype and would like to contact us: to share your stories and how you’re doing: please contact our newsroom. We’d love to…

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Hurricane Florence taking aim at Carolinas

Hurricane Florence taking aim at Carolinas

9/13/18– Hurricane Florence has weakened a bit while still barreling toward the Carolinas. Experts say don’t let your guard down—this storm is very dangerous and could be life-threatening. High winds, waves up to 13 feet and up to 20 inches of rain—all still strong possibilities for the Wilmington area. Structure damage, road closures, power outages and flooding all expected in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

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Watch our continuing live Hurricane Florence coverage

Watch our continuing live Hurricane Florence coverage

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Evacuating for Hurricane Florence? Some NC shelters will welcome your pets

Evacuating for Hurricane Florence? Some NC shelters will welcome your pets

By Jake Seaton, WRAL.com digital product manager If you are evacuating your home to escape Hurricane Florence, or perhaps a loved one or friend from the eastern part of North Carolina is hoping to get out its path, you may be concerned about what to do about your fur family. Our pets are as much a part of our families as the humans who share our walls, so it’s understandable that you want to keep…

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Hurricane Florence is moving ashore. Now tornadoes are a threat in eastern NC.

Hurricane Florence is moving ashore. Now tornadoes are a threat in eastern NC.

Hurricane Florence’s heavy winds and rain have prompted a first round of tornado watches along coastal North Carolina. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday. The threat is predicted to increase through Thursday and Friday, as the center of Florence moves closer to shore, said the National Hurricane Center. As of Thursday morning, winds in 40 to 73 mph range were extending 195 miles out from the center of the 300-mile-wide storm, said…

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Hurricane Florence Thursday live updates: Flooding threatens New Bern homes, residents

Hurricane Florence Thursday live updates: Flooding threatens New Bern homes, residents

As Hurricane Florence hurtles into the Carolinas and residents gear up for what’s now a Category 1 storm, our reporters and photojournalists are on the coast and around the region. Their Wednesday reports from the coast are here. You can follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/newsobserver/lists/hurricane-mcclatchy New Bern, NC: Rescues from floodwaters 2:43 a.m. Friday: Despite a mandatory evacuation ordered Tuesday, Craven County emergency crews reported rescuing multiple residents from Hurricane Florence floodwaters through the…

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Hurricane Florence Thursday live updates: Flooding worsens in New Bern

Hurricane Florence Thursday live updates: Flooding worsens in New Bern

As Hurricane Florence hurtles into the Carolinas and residents gear up for what’s now a Category 1 storm, our reporters and photojournalists are on the coast and around the region. Their Wednesday reports from the coast are here. You can follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/newsobserver/lists/hurricane-mcclatchy NC: More than 181,000 without power 11:59 p.m.: Hurricane Florence wasn’t expected to make landfall until Friday morning, but residents in coastal areas were already losing power as fierce…

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Coastal counties under flash flood watch through 7 p.m.

Southeast Texas’ coastal counties are under a flash flood watch on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Southeast Texas’ coastal counties are under a flash flood watch on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Worst Houston high water spots for road flooding You don’t get to live in a place called the Bayou City and not get a little road flooding from time to time (or to be more specific, EVERY TIME IT RAINS!).These…

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Florence now Category 2, but still a very dangerous hurricane

Florence now Category 2, but still a very dangerous hurricane

Storm expected to stall over Wilmington region with ‘life-threatening’ wind, rain, storm surges and floods 11 p.m. update: Florence weakens slightly Beleaguered residents of Southeastern North Carolina received a sliver of good news late Wednesday; Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 2 storm. “Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland,” stated the 11 p.m. National Hurricane Center advisory. But forecasters warned…

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New Hanover County jail preps for Florence

New Hanover County jail preps for Florence

New Hanover County jail preps for Florence (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – District Attorney Ben David and Judge J Corpening were holding court Wednesday afternoon trying to make more space at the county’s jail. They did so by allowing inmates with low-level misdemeanors to be released on their own recognizance. Other inmates were transported to other detention facilities. “There is a vacancy sign on our jail,” said David. “We have room for people who…

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NC banned a study on sea-level rise. Could it mean more Hurricane Florence destruction?

NC banned a study on sea-level rise. Could it mean more Hurricane Florence destruction?

North Carolina legislators voted in 2012 to ban the use of a report that showed the ocean could rise as much as 39 inches by 2100. Now, with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, and thousands evacuating from the coast, that decision is once again making national headlines and drawing criticism from those who say state leaders who approved the bill were nearsighted. Some are saying the 2012 law could mean more damage from…

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Impact from hurricane already felt at ABIA

Impact from hurricane already felt at ABIA

The main terminal at ABIA was busy Wednesday morning. Among those at the luggage carousel, Tom and Donna Moffitt. They arrived in Austin after catching one of the last flights out of Raleigh/Durham. “When we go there it was just jammed with people, everyone was trying to get out,” said Tom Moffitt. The Moffatts’ are from Wilmington, North Carolina which may take a direct hit by Hurricane Florence. The trip to Texas, for the Moffatts’, was…

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Shelters fill fast with hurricane evacuees

Shelters fill fast with hurricane evacuees

By Laura Leslie, WRAL Capitol Bureau chief Knightdale, N.C. — A shelter set up at Knightdale High School for people fleeing their homes in Dare and Carteret counties ahead of Hurricane Florence was already at capacity by Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Officials could expand the shelter beyond its 450-person limit, if needed later, but they were sending evacuees to other area shelters, such as at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School or Garner High School. Novan…

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Time to evacuate and hunker down: NC coast preps for Florence

Time to evacuate and hunker down: NC coast preps for Florence

Raleigh, N.C. — As mandatory evacuations are in place for Beaufort, Dare, Pamlico and Tyrrell county beaches (Atlantic, Indian, Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Ocracoke, Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville, Topsail, Currituck Outer Banks, Oak Island and Holden), most people are heeding the warning and getting out in advance of Hurricane Florence. During a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper said there are 750,000 to 1 million people under evacuation orders. “If you aren’t under…

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Outer Banks man to Florence: “Kiss my grits”

Outer Banks man to Florence: “Kiss my grits”

By Ken Smith, WRAL anchor/reporter A handful of residents still in the Outer Banks on Wednesday pride themselves on being resilient in the face of any storm, including Hurricane Florence. Jim Rose, owner of Sand Spur Ocean Cottages, is taking the few days of downtime this week to get his cottages ready for the end-of-summer season. He put up a sign some will understand instantly: “Kiss my grits.” The line comes from the 1970s sitcom…

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In low-lying towns, residents decide whether to face Florence head on

In low-lying towns, residents decide whether to face Florence head on

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter There is a reason a Carteret County town is called Sea Level. To get there, you travel a road that rides only a little higher than the water on both sides. The land is low, so many homes are raised high. Franklin Salter, 80, said Wednesday that he and his wife are staying for Hurricane Florence. He has some idea what he is up against. He remembers past storms, like…

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Along Neuse, residents hope Florence flooding stays at bay

Along Neuse, residents hope Florence flooding stays at bay

By Bryan Mims, WRAL reporter Hurricane Florence comes less than two years after the historic flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Areas across the state, like Goldsboro, are still recovering. Along the Neuse River, people are praying for the water to stay at bay. Brenda Sigmon knows a hurricane can roil that river right into her mom’s living room. It happened before, and she fears it will happen again. And if it does, she said, “I have…

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While NC coast braces for Hurricane Florence, the bar that never closes has shut down

While NC coast braces for Hurricane Florence, the bar that never closes has shut down

The Tackle Box Tavern is a small rectangle of a building that borders the sand here in Atlantic Beach. And in the 11 years since Janice Bynum has owned the place, it has never been closed for a full day, so long as she could remember. “Christmas, Thanksgiving, everything,” she said, with pride, thinking of how the tavern was open on those days, and every other day, even during other storms. She thought about that…

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List of shelters in greater Triangle where you can stay during Hurricane Florence

List of shelters in greater Triangle where you can stay during Hurricane Florence

Updated Sept. 15, 9:45 a.m. Groups offering shelter may email metroeds@newsobserver.com. Wake County ▪ 1 p.m. at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest ▪ 2:30 p.m. at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex ▪ 4 p.m. at Sanderson High School, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh Wake County reported Wednesday night that the following shelters, previously opened, are now full. ▪ Shelter for New Hanover County residents (priority) at Southeast Raleigh…

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First responders get in place for Hurricane Florence

First responders get in place for Hurricane Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hurricane Florence as seen from the ISS on Monday morning. (Photo: Ricky Arnold / ISS) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington first responders are geared up and ready for Hurricane Florence. Wilmington Police are planning to be in place for at least seven days straight. They plan to have officers stationed at different buildings and spots throughout the city for the duration of the hurricane. – Advertisement – Chief Ralph…

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How You Can Help With Hurricane Preparations In Charlotte

How You Can Help With Hurricane Preparations In Charlotte

Nonprofit organizations around Charlotte are looking for extra help as Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolina coast. The Red Cross has plans to open five emergency shelters around Mecklenburg County, and local homeless shelters are anticipating high demand as the storm approaches. If you’re looking for opportunities to help out, here are a few: Red Cross Emergency Shelters The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help staff emergency shelters in Mecklenburg County and…

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Homeowner wants help to stop home from flooding

Homeowner wants help to stop home from flooding

PASADENA, Texas (FOX 26) – The floodwaters are gone already from her Pasadena home, but they’ll be back. Rebecca Hammonds is sure of that. “The flooding is getting worse and they know it. I’ve been flooded over twenty times. I’ve asked about getting the house elevated, a FEMA grant. I’m not getting any response.” And when she does, it might not be the response she wants. There are a couple of reasons she’s in a tough…

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FOX 26 Digital News Brief for Sept. 12, 2018

FOX 26 Digital News Brief for Sept. 12, 2018

A woman, who said she found a newborn baby in the woods, made up the story and is actually the baby’s mother, according to the Harris County Sheriff. Eleven students and five staff members from two northwest Houston schools were taken to hospitals on Wednesday. People at KIPP Academy and St. Ambrose Catholic School smelled a strong odor shortly after school started and felt sick. A priest from Richmond is charged with four counts of…

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After Hurricane Matthew damage, Robeson prepares for Florence

After Hurricane Matthew damage, Robeson prepares for Florence

By Rosalia Fodera, WRAL reporter Lumberton, N.C. — The floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 flooded Lumberton’s water plant backup generator and the control room. On Wednesday, crews were working to protect the water plant with a berm and sandbags. People who live in the areas that were hit hard by those floodwaters said they’re not taking any chances with Hurricane Florence coming. Linda Brewer Norris’ home was damaged by Hurricane Matthew. After spending thousands…

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What you can expect from Hurricane Florence

The powerful storm is getting closer to Wilmington and Southeastern NC. Here’s what you need to know. >>READ MORE: Click here for complete coverage of Hurricane Florence. As Hurricane Florence draws closer, the region will begin seeing impacts from higher surf to increased winds. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the storm was a Category 3, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and gusts ranging higher. Florence could strengthen more through Wednesday and is expected…

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Florence and the coastal dilemma: How long will it hover?

Florence and the coastal dilemma: How long will it hover?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets. Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever increasing accuracy where it will hit and who will get walloped. But not Florence. – Advertisement – That’s because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears land around the border between North and South Carolina. The storm is expected to slow down, stall…

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2K evacuees, 1,500 emergency responders: DOT prepares for Florence

2K evacuees, 1,500 emergency responders: DOT prepares for Florence

By Janine Bowen, WRAL.com editor Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation on Tuesday was helping to evacuate coastal residents and preparing emergency supplies ahead of Hurricane Florence’s arrival. According to the DOT, more than 2,100 people and 1,074 vehicles had been evacuated from Ocracoke Island, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. Following the final ferry departure Wednesday morning, all operations have been suspended and ferries will be secured until weather conditions improve. Although…

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What should I do when a hurricane approaches?

What should I do when a hurricane approaches?

Putting together a hurricane “survival kit”? Here are three-day and 14-day checklists of items you’ll want to include. Be sure to check out the WRAL video of some items you might not be aware you will need if you’re without food, clean water or electricity. Three-day supply kit Start with an easy to carry, watertight container – a large, plastic trash can will do, or you can line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple…

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Clear yard before hurricane's winds make lawn furniture into projectiles

Clear yard before hurricane's winds make lawn furniture into projectiles

By Monica Laliberte, WRAL executive producer/consumer reporter In the hours you have before the rain and winds move in, homeowners can take steps to limit any damage Hurricane Florence might do. Check the trees in your yard. Prune dead branches that are weak enough to break off when the wind picks up. Clear debris from storm drains, and do a quick check of your rain gutters. Any clogs there will back up onto your property,…

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See how Florence's storm surge could affect where you live

See how Florence's storm surge could affect where you live

(Source: Pixabay) SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – With Hurricane Florence bearing down on southeastern North Carolina, the storm is expected to bring a violent storm surge to the region. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put together an interactive online map that can show potential storm surge flooding where you live. Forecasters believe the storm surge could reach in excess of 10 feet, especially as its eyewall jams close to the New Hanover County and Pender…

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Hotels canceling reservations ahead of Florence

Hotels canceling reservations ahead of Florence

People are wondering what to do after their Florence plans have fallen through. (Source: FEMA) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As Hurricane Florence closes in, some people are finding their plans for riding out the storm are changing at the last minute. Several members on the WECT Community Voice Facebook page posted about finding out the reservations they had made for a room at a hotel in Wilmington or another interior area in New Hanover County…

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Port Aransas seeing resurgence after Harvey

Port Aransas seeing resurgence after Harvey

PORT ARANSAS, TX – Homeowners in Port Aransas are now watching the Gulf of Mexico–with a tropical disturbance looming in the Gulf, as they continue their recovery from Hurricane Harvey.  One thing is certain–they’re ready for visitors!  Mr. Jeff Hentz, President and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau added that “Port A” is the top destination for Houston travelers. “Houston’s our #1 market right now, and its moved into the top place of most visitors moving into Port A. We’ve…

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