Diabetes patients need extra hurricane preps

Diabetes patients need extra hurricane preps

NEW YORK (FOX5NY) – The frantic rush to prepare for a natural disaster is stressful for everyone but people with diabetes have an extra worry – protecting climate sensitive insulin and blood monitoring equipment. For people who are evacuees or are in an emergency situation, the CDC says it is of prime importance to identify yourself as a person with diabetes and any related conditions, so you can obtain appropriate care. It is also important…

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How to watch (or listen to) Triangle TV meteorologists if you lose power in the hurricane

How to watch (or listen to) Triangle TV meteorologists if you lose power in the hurricane

If you lose power during Hurricane Florence, you can still stay tuned to local TV stations to hear the latest from the Triangle’s top meteorologists. Here’s how to watch the three local stations online, on mobile apps and streaming services — and how to listen to their broadcasts on the radio. WTVD ABC11 ▪ Whenever the news team is on the air, the station will be simulcasting on its website — abc11.com — and on…

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CMS schools are closed on a lovely day. Is this just about hurricane shelters?

CMS schools are closed on a lovely day. Is this just about hurricane shelters?

When Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided Wednesday to close for hurricane preparation before any bad weather reached Charlotte, it sent ripples throughout the region. Families of about 148,000 students had to revise their plans. Thousands of hourly CMS workers, from bus drivers to cafeteria staff, are losing a day’s pay. Other organizations, from child care centers to nonprofit groups, close or limit operations when CMS closes. On their third week of school, CMS students ended up with…

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The 'Garage Majal': Carolina Beach residents hunker down for Florence

The 'Garage Majal': Carolina Beach residents hunker down for Florence

The garage is outfitted with half a century of collections, from street signs to fishing gear. (Source: WECT) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – More than half of the residents in Carolina Beach have evacuated the island to seek refuge from the impacts of Hurricane Florence, but there are still some people who decided to stay behind. Johnny and Robin Arnette have lived in Carolina Beach for more than four decades and have decided to ride out…

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Duke Energy shutting down Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Florence

Duke Energy shutting down Brunswick nuclear plant ahead of Florence

Officials began shutting down the nuclear power plant Thursday as Hurricane Florence approaches (Source: Duke Energy) SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – The Brunswick Nuclear Plant, located four miles from the coast in Southport, is being shut down as Hurricane Florence moves onshore. Duke Energy said in a press release Thursday that the two units on the site are systematically being shut down by plant staff. “We remain in constant communications with local, state and federal officials…

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Hurricane Florence: Here are the top things you need to know Thursday in the Triangle

Hurricane Florence: Here are the top things you need to know Thursday in the Triangle

The Triangle will soon feel the impact of Hurricane Florence, despite its diminishing strength. This is the most important information you need to know on Thursday, the day before Hurricane Florence hits the Triangle: 1. Hurricane Florence began to affect North Carolina’s coast Thursday morning. The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began to hit North Carolina’s coast Thursday just before 6 a.m. Between Wednesday and Thursday, the hurricane downgraded from a Category 3 to a…

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Hundreds of fights canceled ahead of Florence

Hundreds of fights canceled ahead of Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Hundreds of flights have been canceled as Hurricane Florence makes its approach to coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina. More than 140 flight cancellations were reported Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Thursday, according to Flight Aware. There were 81 cancellations out of Myrtle Beach and 45 out of Wilmington. Delta Airlines announced 150 flights were canceled due to Florence. Southwest Airlines put out a travel advisory for flights out of several airports, including…

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New Hanover County holds briefing as area begins feeling effects of Florence

New Hanover County holds briefing as area begins feeling effects of Florence

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – New Hanover County Emergency Management updated the on the latest on Hurricane Florence at an 11:45 briefing Thursday morning. County Commission Chair Woody White, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Wrightsville Beach Mayor Bill Blair and NHCEM director Steven Still briefed members of the local and national media about the last-minute preparations underway and the condition of the county’s shelters. As of the briefing, 515 people were in the five shelters…

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Emmett, on Ike anniversary, says Harris County must do more to prevent flooding

Emmett, on Ike anniversary, says Harris County must do more to prevent flooding

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the region has made progress recovering from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, but must do more to prepare for future storms that are certain to come. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the region has made progress recovering from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, but must do more to prepare for future storms that are certain to come. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1…

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Brunswick commissioner urges residents 'don't be deceived' by Category 2 Florence

Brunswick commissioner urges residents 'don't be deceived' by Category 2 Florence

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Don’t let your guard down despite Hurricane Florence weakening as the storm approaches the coast. That’s the message Commissioner Frank Williams had for residents Thursday morning. “Don’t be deceived by the fact that this is now a category two storm,” Williams explained in a video posted to Brunswick County Emergency Service’s Facebook page. “While the intensity may have technically gone down, the wind field is expanded, it’s still going to bring…

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Farmers Rush To Harvest Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Farmers Rush To Harvest Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence is expected to drop as much as 30 inches of rain on parts of the Carolinas, farmers are rushing to get their crops out of the ground and into storage. South Carolina state lawmaker and farmer Russell Ott has extra hands out on his 2,500-acre farm trying to get as much of his corn harvested as quickly as possible. He lives about an hour inland from Charleston and has been running two…

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Carolina Beach already feeling effects of Florence

Carolina Beach already feeling effects of Florence

Hours before Hurricane Florence made landfall, Carolina Beach was feeling its effects Thursday. (Source: WECT) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – Hours before Hurricane Florence made landfall, Carolina Beach was feeling its effects Thursday. Shortly before noon, WECT’s Colin Hackman gave viewers a look at the surf. Huge waves could already be seen hitting the beach. “Already I’d say eight-to-10-foot seas,” WECT’s Colin Hackman said shortly before noon. “Some of these waves look like they would be fun…

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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

Live video from WECT News is available on your computer, tablet and smartphone during all local newscasts. When WECT News is not airing a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent newscasts. Internet Explorer users please note compatibility mode may disable display of the live player, disable compatibility mode if you do not see player.

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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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