The Triangle is starting to feel effects of Hurricane Florence as thousands lose power

The Triangle is starting to feel effects of Hurricane Florence as thousands lose power

Thousands of Triangle residents started to see the lights go out as Hurricane Florence neared landfall early Friday on the North Carolina coast. Across the state, more than 314,000 residents and businesses, mostly in eastern counties, were without power as of 6 a.m. Friday, according to online updates from Duke Energy, the N.C. Electric Cooperatives and smaller utility companies. The wind and rain were starting to pick up just before 5 a.m. in the Triangle….

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Hurricane Florence: 70 evacuated from Jacksonville, North Carolina hotel

Hurricane Florence: 70 evacuated from Jacksonville, North Carolina hotel

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence. The city of Jacksonville’s statement says people have been moved to the city’s public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter. Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing. None of the…

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Live Updates: More Than 790,000 Without Power; 5 Deaths Attributed To Florence

Live Updates: More Than 790,000 Without Power; 5 Deaths Attributed To Florence

Updated: 9:30 p.m. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is reporting more than 790,000 power outages across the state as Tropical Storm Florence continues its slow track toward the western part of the state.  The department says the highest concentration of outages are in New Hanover, Brunswick, Wake, Onslow and Carteret counties.  Duke Energy reports 533,400 customers are without power in the Carolinas, including 487,483 in North Carolina and 45,562 in South Carolina. Florence…

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Live Updates: Nearly 770,000 Without Power; 5 Deaths Attributed To Florence

Live Updates: Nearly 770,000 Without Power; 5 Deaths Attributed To Florence

Updated: 8:40 p.m. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office is reporting nearly 770,000 people in the state are without power as Tropical Storm Florence continues its slow track toward the western part of the state.  Duke Energy reports 521,573 customers are without power in the Carolinas, including 482,333 in North Carolina and 39,240 in South Carolina. Florence is expected to bring Charlotte and the western Carolinas 5 to 10 inches of rainfall with isolated parts…

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Live Updates: Florence Downgraded; 4 Deaths Attributed To Storm

Live Updates: Florence Downgraded; 4 Deaths Attributed To Storm

Updated: 5:30 p.m. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called the deaths of three people in Florence devastating and continued to warn the state’s residents to be vigilant with heavy rainfall expected in the days ahead. “This loss of life is devastating,” Cooper said in a press briefing Friday evening. “It’s devastating to the families and the friends of these victims. The fact is this storm is deadly and we know that we’re days away from…

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Live Updates: Florence Downgraded To Tropical Depression; 4 Deaths Attributed To Storm

Live Updates: Florence Downgraded To Tropical Depression; 4 Deaths Attributed To Storm

Updated: 4:55 p.m. Florence has been downgraded to a tropical depression with a maximum sustained wind speeds of 70 miles per hour. In its latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center has also discontinued the storm surge watch south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and north of Salvo, N.C., including Albemarle Sound. Updated: 4 p.m. Four people have died and hundreds of thousands are without power in North Carolina as Hurricane Florence has brought dangerous flooding and…

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Hurricane Florence Updates: Four Deaths Attributed To Storm

Hurricane Florence Updates: Four Deaths Attributed To Storm

Updated: 3:40 p.m. A mother and her infant died in Wilmington after a tree fell on their home, according to the Wilmington Police Department, and one other person died while plugging in a generator in Lenoir County, according to the governor’s office. These are the first reported fatalities caused by Florence. Separately, a woman died after suffering a heart attack in Hampstead, N.C., according to a report from WUNC. First responders were unable to reach…

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Hurricane Florence Updates: Three Deaths Attributed To Storm

Hurricane Florence Updates: Three Deaths Attributed To Storm

Updated: 3:15 p.m. A mother and her infant died in Wilmington after a tree fell on their home, according to the Wilmington Police Department, and one other person died while plugging in a generator in Lenoir County, according to the governor’s office. These are the first reported fatalities caused by Florence. Also, in a press briefing officials in South Carolina said there are 66,924 power outages in the state as of 2 p.m. Water rescues…

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Hurricane Florence Updates: More Than 600,000 Power Outages Across NC

Hurricane Florence Updates: More Than 600,000 Power Outages Across NC

Updated at 1:20 p.m. More than 600,000 power outages are reported across North Carolina as Florence slowly moves west toward the North Carolina and South Carolina border. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reports 604,375 power outages across the state at 1 p.m. Florence, now a Category 1 hurricane, has 75 miles per hour sustained winds and is moving at 6 miles per hour. The breadth of the hurricane’s reach — with hurricane-force winds…

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Live Updates: Cooper Says Florence Is 'Getting Worse'

Live Updates: Cooper Says Florence Is 'Getting Worse'

Updated at 11:25 a.m. Almost half a million people in North Carolina are without power as Hurricane Florence slowly makes its way across the state, bringing flooding and dangerous high winds with it inland. Gov. Roy Cooper, who spoke at a briefing on Florence this morning, continued to warn residents that the threat of Florence will linger. “The sun rose this morning on an extremely dangerous situation and it’s getting worse,” Cooper said. “The storm…

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Hurricane Florence Updates: Cooper Says State Is Working Hard To Save Lives

Hurricane Florence Updates: Cooper Says State Is Working Hard To Save Lives

Updated at 9:15 a.m. Governor Roy Cooper calls Hurricane Florence an uninvited brute that doesn’t want to leave. In an appearance on NPR’s Morning Edition, the governor said more than 100 people have been rescued in New Bern, N.C., and crews had to rescue people from a hotel in Jacksonville. He estimates almost 20,000 people are in more than 150 shelters around the state. Ocean surge and torrential rainfall are causing flooding in coastal areas….

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Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall; Power Outages Spike

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall; Power Outages Spike

Updated at 8 a.m. Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina at 7:15 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Florence, which has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour, has already caused significant flooding on the Outer Banks and the eastern part of the state. The North Carolina Department of Transportation warns residents to avoid driving through these areas as conditions are…

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As Hurricane Florence Nears Landfall, Power Outages Spike

As Hurricane Florence Nears Landfall, Power Outages Spike

Updated at 6:30 a.m. There are more than 321,000 power outages statewide this morning as the eye of Hurricane Florence nears landfall in Wilmington, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the National Hurricane Center.  At 6 a.m.,  the National Hurricane Center reported the eyewall of Florence reached the Atlantic coast and that the eye of the storm will reach the state soon.  The NC Department of Public Safety reported 321,692 power…

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5 A.M. Update: Florence roars into Wilmington

5 A.M. Update: Florence roars into Wilmington

Wind, storm surges and prolonged, heavy rain bring ‘life-threatening’ conditions to region Wilmington should be ready for a prolonged and devastating impact as Hurricane Florence roars over Southeastern North Carolina on Friday. “It’s probably going to take another 24 hours” for Florence to pass through the Wilmington region, Reid Hawkins, science officer with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said at 5 a.m. Friday. The eye of Florence, a Category 1 hurricane with 90…

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Trump disputes estimate of Puerto Rico hurricane deaths

Trump disputes estimate of Puerto Rico hurricane deaths

As Hurricane Florence bore down on the U.S. on Thursday, President Donald Trump angrily churned up the devastating storm of a year earlier, disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him “look as bad as possible.” Public health experts have estimated that nearly 3,000 perished because of the effects of Maria. But Trump, whose efforts to help the island territory recover have…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 321,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 321,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 4:30 a.m., Friday, 321,692 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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The latest: 106 mph winds reported at Cape Lookout, Florence could make landfall at 'any moment'

The latest: 106 mph winds reported at Cape Lookout, Florence could make landfall at 'any moment'

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm overnight. The center of the storm is expected to make landfall near Wilmington early Friday morning. Latest updates from the coast: 6:10 a.m.: Wilmington will deal with the storm’s eyewall for several hours as the storm slowly moves onshore. Amanda Lamb is in Wilmington and reported that large pieces of sheet metal were flying through the air and car alarms were sounding. Wilmington is currently experiencing…

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Rescues begin after Hurricane Florence storm surge

Rescues begin after Hurricane Florence storm surge

[  ] Hide Caption [  ] Show Caption Michael Nelson floats in a boat made from a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded his street during Hurricane Florence September 13, 2018 in New Bern. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  [  ] Hide Caption [  ] Show Caption Men pack their belongings after evacuating their house after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded their street during Hurricane Florence…

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Florence arriving, high winds, heavy rains, trees down, power out

Florence arriving, high winds, heavy rains, trees down, power out

9/14/18–Hurricane news brief Hurricane Florence is on top of us—and its effects are being felt all over the Wilmington area. High winds and heavy rains are wreaking havoc. Statewide—more than 288,000 people are without power. More than 40,000 of those outages are in New Hanover County. Those numbers will only grow as the day goes on. Efforts to restore power can’t begin until winds are below 35 miles per hours.       The Brunswick…

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Jacksonville hotel evacuated after building compromised during Florence

Jacksonville hotel evacuated after building compromised during Florence

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Jacksonville says about 60 people have been evacuated from a hotel after hurricane force winds threatened the structural integrity of the building. The 62 people, including an infant, children and their pets, have been taken to the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety while a solution is sought for where they can stay. No one was hurt. – Advertisement – At about 12:45…

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CAT 1 Florence brings devastating flooding

CAT 1 Florence brings devastating flooding

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY/AP) – WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 5:00 a.m. The National Hurricane Center says Florence is about to make landfall in North Carolina bringing with it life-threatening storm surges and hurricane force winds.  As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Its forward movement was 6 mph (9 kph). Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 280,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 280,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 4:30 a.m., Friday, 280,76 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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With Makeshift Sand Bags, Apartment Dwellers Prepare For Florence

With Makeshift Sand Bags, Apartment Dwellers Prepare For Florence

Ten years ago, the Doral Apartments and the Cavalier Apartments in east Charlotte were flooded by Tropical Storm Fay – and some residents had to be dramatically rescued by boat. Residents of the Doral Apartments describe their Hurricane Florence preparations Now, Doral residents — most of them newcomers — are preparing for floodwater from Hurricane Florence. Some first-floor residents of the complex off Monroe Road moved valuables to countertops. Some people had placed sand bags…

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At the coast: 28 roads closed in New Hanover County due to flooding

At the coast: 28 roads closed in New Hanover County due to flooding

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm overnight. The center of the storm is expected to make landfall near Wilmington between 8 a.m. and noon. Latest updates from the coast: 4:37 a.m.: A whopping 280,000 customers are without power in North Carolina. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County. 4:13 a.m.: We will get an updated look at Florence’s projected path at 5 a.m. 4 a.m.: Twenty-eight roads are closed…

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In the Triangle: Some without power in Wake County, Triangle will feel Florence in several hours

In the Triangle: Some without power in Wake County, Triangle will feel Florence in several hours

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm overnight. The center of the storm is expected to make landfall near Wilmington between 8 a.m. and noon. The Triangle will feel the strongest effects from Florence after 8 a.m. The latest updates from our viewing area: 4:37 a.m.: A whopping 280,000 customers are without power in North Carolina. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County. 4 a.m.: The Triangle is already seeing…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 194,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 194,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 4:30 a.m., Friday, 194,200 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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‘Catastrophic’ freshwater flooding expected over Carolinas

‘Catastrophic’ freshwater flooding expected over Carolinas

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that “catastrophic” freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast. – Advertisement – Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 185,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 185,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 3 a.m., Friday, 185,312 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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2 a.m. update: Florence now drenching Wilmington

2 a.m. update: Florence now drenching Wilmington

Hurricane hits coastal regions with storm surge and hurricane-force winds 2 a.m. update: Florence now drenching Wilmington Nearly horizontal sheets of rain were falling on the Port City as Hurricane Florence’s eye loomed just 35 miles from Wilmington, according to a 2 a.m. National Hurricane Center briefing. The Category 1 hurricane maintained 90 mph sustained winds as of early Friday, while the storm’s center continued its slow trek toward Wilmington at 6 mph. Florence was…

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11 p.m. update: Florence now 'life-threatening' to NC coast

11 p.m. update: Florence now 'life-threatening' to NC coast

Hurricane hits coastal regions with storm surge and hurricane-force winds 11 p.m. update: Florence now ‘life-threatening’ to NC coast Hurricane Florence has now struck the state’s coast, bringing howling winds and storm surges, according to an 11 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center. “Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds occurring along the North Carolina coast,” the briefing said. “Threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days.” The storm’s eye was just…

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The Latest: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding expected in Carolinas

The Latest: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding expected in Carolinas

The Associated Press WILMINGTON, N.C. The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 2 a.m. The National Hurricane Center says that “catastrophic” freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast. The storm’s intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 mph (135 kph) by nightfall. But that, combined with the storm’s slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper…

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Florence’s onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina

Florence’s onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say conditions will only worsen as the hulking storm slogs inland. Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. The storm’s intensity…

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Florence will pose fatal threat for days

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Florence will pose fatal threat for days

Hurricane Florence’s winds may have weakened, but this is still no “minor” storm . Water is a hurricane’s deadliest threat, and forecasters say Florence packs a catastrophic amount of it. Officials have been begging hold-outs in evacuation zones to seek shelter, including a police chief on a barrier island in Florence’s bull’s-eye who asked for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused warnings to leave. BY THE NUMBERS —Big storm: about 400 miles…

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Hurricane Florence disrupts Friday flights at RDU

Hurricane Florence disrupts Friday flights at RDU

RDU (WTVD) — For Friday, RDU expects about half of its scheduled flights to be canceled because of effects from Hurricane Florence. This number could increase depending on the weather. MORE: Full coverage of Hurricane Florence Here is the latest information, but check with your airline before going to the airport, as your flight status could change quickly. Air Canada: No flights on Friday. Alaska: No flights on Friday. American: A few early flights on…

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List of area shelters, emergency operations centers open ahead of Hurricane Florence

List of area shelters, emergency operations centers open ahead of Hurricane Florence

More than 120 shelters across North Carolina are open as Hurricane Florence lashes the coast. FIND A FULL LIST OF AVAILABLE SHELTERS HERE. Residents who plan to evacuate should bring any personal items they may need like bedding, medications, hygiene items, and more. Downloading the ABC11 app is the best way to stay up-to-date on the latest conditions from Hurricane Florence. At most locations alcohol and firearms are forbidden. FULL HURRICANE FLORENCE COVERAGE This list…

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The latest: Category 1 Florence could still have 'devastating' impacts in parts of NC

The latest: Category 1 Florence could still have 'devastating' impacts in parts of NC

Raleigh, N.C. — Although Hurricane Florence has not yet made landfall, the storm is already pounding North Carolina’s coast with devastating winds and rain. The hurricane has slowed and should make landfall near Wilmington around 8 a.m., with most of the state feeling its effects throughout the weekend. Latest updates 1:16 a.m.: North Carolina officials are reporting that 169,411 customers are currently without power across North Carolina with the majority of outages reported in the…

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List of grocery stores closing due to hurricane

List of grocery stores closing due to hurricane

Multiple major grocery and big box stores in the WRAL viewing area have closed locations due to Hurricane Florence. Stores with announced closures include Walmart, Target, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Aldi, Carlie C’s, Publix, Lidl and more. Towns affected include Apex, Carrboro, Sanford, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Greenville, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and many more. Keep in mind that these lists of closures will change as the storm progresses. Check back on their websites to check when the…

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As Hurricane Florence bears down on East Coast, Texas faces flooding from Gulf Coast disturbance

As Hurricane Florence bears down on East Coast, Texas faces flooding from Gulf Coast disturbance

Hurricane Florence is smashing the East Coast with near 100-mph sustained winds and storm surges on the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina. But as everybody looks east, Texans should also look south. Heavy rainfall, floods and gusty winds are expected across portions of Texas on Friday and Saturday thanks to an atmospheric event in the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical disturbance is located 150 to 200 miles southeast of Texas and could become…

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Richland, Lexington counties issued storm watches as hurricane closes in on landfall

Richland, Lexington counties issued storm watches as hurricane closes in on landfall

The 11 p.m. update on Hurricane Florence has placed most Midlands counties under a storm watch or warning, including Richland and Lexington counties, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. Both a tropical storm watch and a flash flood watch have been issued for Richland County and Lexington County, among many others in the area. That’s because Hurricane Florence, now a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds, is expected to move very slowly…

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10 years after Ike, where Galveston stands

10 years after Ike, where Galveston stands

GALVESTON, Texas – On September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike made landfall near Galveston as a Category 2. According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds ranged from 95-105 miles per hour. While the storm was only a Cat 2, the storm surge was catastrophic, inundating communities from the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston Island. Georgia and Oscar Barbin remember Ike quite well. They chose to stay in Galveston when Ike’s eye crossed over. “That was the freaky part,” said…

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The calm behind the scenes: TV weather team readies for Hurricane Florence

The calm behind the scenes: TV weather team readies for Hurricane Florence

For seasoned meteorologists, there’s calm before, during and after the storm. Even when the storm is a major hurricane heading their way. As the ABC11 weather team got ready to begin wall-to-wall coverage of the approaching Hurricane Florence Thursday afternoon, you might not guess it was anything other than a normal weekday afternoon. In a scene likely played out in competing newsrooms across the Triangle, the WTVD meteorologists chatted casually about graphics for their reports,…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 166,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 166,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 12:10 a.m. Friday, 166,065 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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Protecting animals during a hurricane

Protecting animals during a hurricane

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – As people evacuate from the NC coast, animals are too.  Families and rescue groups are bringing their animals with them as they flee to safer locations ahead of Hurricane Florence. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, a non-profit animal group that takes in wildlife, is receiving car and truck loads of animals looking for a temporary place to stay.  As of Thursday night, the facility had received 70 animals. “Sometimes it’s easier to get…

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Lineman head to NC to help ahead of Florence

Lineman head to NC to help ahead of Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Duke Energy says it has the largest force they’ve ever had in place right now to respond to the storm.20,000 workers are on standby now, many from other states, ready to help get the lights back on. “Help has arrived, help is here,” said lineman Abel Hernandez from Florida Power and Light. He drove up from Miami to help Duke Energy crews ahead of Hurricane Florence.  He says being…

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Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina

Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina

Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina Sep 14, 2018 A storm surge from Hurricane Florence caused the Neuse River to overflow its banks and flooded parts of New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14. Wind, rain and waves from the Category 2 storm began to lash the North Carolina coastline on Thursday. By

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LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum 90 mph winds late Thursday night as the still-dangerous storm battered the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks. The slow-moving system is moving northwest at 6 mph, drenching coastal areas with heavy rain. ABC11 is providing live, nonstop coverage of Hurricane Florence. For regular programming go to 11.2. Click here for how to find 11.2 Scroll…

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USAA sends catastrophe response team to East Coast to help members affected by Hurricane Florence

USAA sends catastrophe response team to East Coast to help members affected by Hurricane Florence

SAN ANTONIO – USAA’s catastrophe response team was deployed to safe zones near the East Coast to help its members impacted by Hurricane Florence. “We will be inspecting losses the day after the storm clears through,” said Elizabeth Gulick, USAA’s vice president of catastrophe. Eight hundred employees and four mobile units are standing by to aid those affected by the Category 2 storm. Their mission will be helping millions of USAA members file claims and…

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TXDOT crews head to South Texas ahead of storm

TXDOT crews head to South Texas ahead of storm

The twelve TX DOT employees in a caravan of heavy equipment rolled out of South Austin Thursday morning. They’re were heading for a staging area in San Antonio. Once there, the team will wait for the storm that’s been churning in the gulf for the past several days. “What we want to do is get ahead of this, in case it grows and becomes more stable and provides a more powerful punch for the gulf coast….

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