Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:15 a.m. Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday and then a tropical depression on Sunday. Though weakened, it remained a dangerous, slow-moving storm drenching the Carolines with heavy rains.

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Virus Hurts North Carolina Counties' Hurricane Readiness

May 31, 2020
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As hurricane season starts Monday, most of North Carolina's coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

All 20 counties in the state's coastal management zone told The Associated Press that COVID-19 is factoring into hurricane preparations. Five of those — Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Washington — said overall plans hadn’t changed, but they’re ready to adjust to the virus if needed.

Students in Leslie Nielsen's class at Community House Middle School in Charlotte work on posters seeking gift cards for Ocracoke School, which was damaged during Hurricane Dorian.

A south Charlotte middle school teacher has launched a drive to get aid to a tiny island school hard hit by Hurricane Dorian. She says she learned an important lesson from last year's hurricane aid effort.

Hurricane Florence
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It's hurricane season and government forecasters last week said they're now expecting above-normal activity, with five to nine Atlantic hurricanes, including two to four major storms with winds over 110 miles an hour. A conference at Duke University Wednesday looked at North Carolina's ongoing recovery from past hurricanes and what needs to happen to make the state more resilient in the face of stronger and slower moving storms. 


BURGAW, N.C. -- North Carolina's top judicial official says several courthouses are still recovering from damage suffered in Hurricane Florence last year.

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Administrative mistakes and a lack of expertise caused delays in North Carolina's spending of federal funds for Hurricane Matthew recovery, according to a report released Monday from the General Assembly's government watchdog agency.

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All of the roads that were closed in North Carolina by Hurricane Florence are now open.

It took seven months since the storm's historic rains and flooding before the last of the 2,500 road closure sites was back open to traffic. The Department of Transportation says the final stretch — a two-lane road in Wayne County — reopened Friday.

A stump is all that's left of the old tulip poplar at The Duke Mansion.
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North Carolina lost a lot of old trees this year to storms, like hurricanes Florence and Michael. Those made the headlines along with storm coverage. But hundreds more didn’t, like the two-century-old granddaddy of a tree cut down this week at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte.

Winds from Florence sent a tree crashing down on Nichole Sanchez's rental home on the night of Sept 14.
Nichole Sanchez

North Carolina homeowners and businesses who suffered damages from Hurricane Florence now have more time to request federal aid. 

Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday following his request the deadline to apply for FEMA grants or low-interest small business loans has been extended to December 19th. 

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Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers has been named as the team’s nominee for the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

The award is the NFL's only award that recognizes a player for his excellence both on the field and in the community.

Winds from Florence sent a tree crashing down on Nichole Sanchez's rental home on the night of Sept 14.
Nichole Sanchez

Gov. Roy Cooper's office says more than 720,000 people across the state have received some form of food assistance in the seven weeks after Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane, which made landfall in September, caused a historic $17 billion in damages.

FEMA Deadline Extension Crucial For Some Storm Victims

Nov 17, 2018
Friendship forms between two former nurses, Brenda Drakeford (l) of Charlotte and Denise Cook (r) of Jacksonville, NC as they wait out Hurricane Florence.
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For some in North Carolina, an extra month to apply for individual assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency could make all the difference as victims of Hurricane Florence struggle to settle back in.

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A new report released Tuesday showed rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in record flooding across the Carolinas, upending records set by Hurricane Matthew just two years prior.

Grifton, NC: Where Shad And Help Are Plentiful

Nov 1, 2018
Dignitaries watch the Grifton Shad Festival.
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Many communities in Eastern North Carolina are still struggling from Hurricane Florence, but not all of them are dealing with the same problems.

Winds from Florence sent a tree crashing down on Nichole Sanchez's rental home on the night of Sept 14.
Nichole Sanchez

A new estimate from the Office of State Budget and Management shows that Hurricane Florence caused close to $17 billion in damage when it made landfall in September, up from the original $13 billion estimate.

Kaiden Lee-Welch was swept away in floodwaters from Florence in Union County. His mother is being charged in connection with his death.
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Charges have been filed against a mother who lost her child in floodwaters during Florence after allegedly driving past barricades in Union County.

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Two major hurricanes hit North Carolina in the last month, and, while the damage was severe to some parts of the state, damage from flooding in the Charlotte area was less than it would have been a decade ago. That wasn’t by accident — in fact, it was years in the making.

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North Carolina community colleges have received $1.8 million in federal funding from a program geared to help complete their coursework and training, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a visit to Carteret Community College in Morehead City Tuesday.

A city worker cuts down a tree on Culloden More Court off South Tryon Street.
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Charlotte neighborhoods have been a cacophony of chainsaws for weeks — since Hurricane Florence and then Tropical Storm Michael blew down trees and limbs around the city.  

Scotland County Schools

North Carolina public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence will receive $60 million in state emergency funding, the Department of Public Instruction says.

The North Carolina General Assembly unanimously agreed Monday night to set aside another $800 million dollars for Hurricane Florence relief.