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Vince Winkel

This week the flood waters from Hurricane Florence should begin receding. Those waters contain more waste today than they did two weeks ago. Some of that waste could create environmental problems.

Vince Winkel

The sound of generators and sirens is being replaced by the sound of chainsaws in the cape fear region. Local businesses are starting to distribute relief supplies to local residents. As WHQR's Vince Winkel reports, a variety of local establishments are playing a role.  

This Sunday, 9/23/18, and next Sunday, 9/30/18, WHQR will run special programming. On both dates, Neil Conan hosts “The Democracy Test” from Truth, Politics and Power at 2pm. Poltical Junkie will run at 3pm.

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Points of Distribution around New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties are providing food, water, and tarps to people in need.  Armies of volunteers, law enforcement agencies, and military groups are working together to keep the lines moving.  But one neighborhood in Wilmington has launched its own rescue effort.

Temple B'Nai Israel on Chestnut Street had some trees down and roof damage that affected the sanctuary.
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Wednesday is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. But Hurricane Florence has forced synagogues in Wilmington to cancel services. The sanctuaries at Both Temple of Israel and B'nai Israel were damaged in the storm.

Vince Winkel

Finding food can be a challenge during the days after a hurricane.  Starting today, a national organization has set up camp in Wilmington, to feed the community. They will be preparing tens of thousands of meals. WHQR’s Vince Winkel reports. 

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Food and water is being flown into the Cape Fear region. Slowly more stores and gas stations are opening. Food trucks are also out and about, cooking what they have, and tring to make a dent in the need for food. 

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Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo gives an update on roads, power and cleanup efforts on Tuesday afternoon while exploring the downtown area. 

Roy Cooper talks with out-of-state emergency workers at a temporary dormitory in Independence Mall Tuesday.
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Gov. Roy Cooper and FEMA chief Brock Long visited Wilmington Tuesday to view storm damage and meet out-of-state emergency workers camped at Independence Mall.

Food Distribution Begins In An Isolated Wilmington

Sep 18, 2018
A long line of cars waited for an emergency food distribution to begin Tuesday near the downtown campus of Cape Fear Community College.
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Power is still out and most stores are still closed in parts of southeastern North Carolina hardest hit by Hurricane Florence. Emergency food distributions have begun in several counties, including New Hanover.

Wilmington Police Department

Businesses are slowly and carefully starting to open.  At Costco in Wilmington, which opened for just a few hours yesterday, shoppers went in 200 at a time.  A few grocery stores and some restaurants opened their doors around Leland and Wilmington.  

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Flooding will affect the Cape Fear region at least through this week, but the rainfall will be the least of it.

First, the good news:  the Cape Fear region has seen the majority of the rain from Florence. 

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Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo speaks with WHQR late Sunday afternoon as he explores downtown Wilmington to speak with residents and business owners. 

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Governor Roy Cooper is re-routing interstate traffic around North Carolina.  Floodwaters are rising, and roads that have never flooded before are now at risk.  The death toll from Florence has reached 14, and the coastal city of Wilmington is essentially cut off from the rest of the state.

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Stay off the roads.  They are not safe, and they are getting worse.  That’s the urgent travel alert from North Carolina officials and those in the Cape Fear region.  

Vince Winkel

The temptation to venture out and drive around is going to be strong today.  But officials say the risk of injury or death is rising.

Vince Winkel

Tropical Storm Florence is still impacting the Cape Fear region – and is likely to continue through tonight. 

Now officials turn their attention to the risk of flooding, flash flooding, and tornadoes. 

Florence is battering the North Carolina coast – flooding beach town roads from the Outer Banks to Carolina Beach.  Officials expect the shellacking to last through Friday and into Saturday.

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The long, slow, slog is underway.  As 500-mile-wide Florence moves further into North Carolina, she’s bringing storm surge, winds, flooded roads and downed power lines.  

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The first effects of Hurricane Florence are nearly hitting the North Carolina coast.  While coastal stakeholders are concerned about storm surge, farmers are also looking at losses.

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

Hurricane Florence is nearly upon coastal North Carolina.  While the system lost some strength Wednesday, Florence is still a life-threatening, historic storm.

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Hurricane Florence is a Category 2 hurricane as of Thursday morning with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.  That’s a slightly less powerful hurricane than earlier, but officials still expect widespread damage.

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

Even though Hurricane Florence has dropped to a Category 3 with sustained winds at 125 miles per hour, she’s still a major hurricane.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the storm now looks like it might pass just south of Bald Head Island.

NC DPS

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is directing people in the state to obey evacuation orders as Hurricane Florence will affect the entire state of North Carolina.

Vince Winkel

Hurricane Florence will bring more than high winds and torrential rains when it reaches the Cape Fear Region this week. It will also bring a storm surge.  It’s not just a coastal phenomenon.

Our listening area is now under a Hurricane Warning and officials across the region have declared multiple States of Emergency. Hurricane conditions, including very high winds, heavy rain and storm surge, are expected within 48 hours. 

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

Evacuation orders are in place for Brunswick County, Topsail Beach in Pender County, and now, New Hanover. 

Vince Winkel

New Hanover County officials met with Emergency Management staff Monday morning to discuss plans for preparing for Hurricane Florence. The storm appears to be on a collision course with the Cape Fear region later this week, and is currently a oowerful category 4 hurricane.

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

Hurricane Florence has turned into a Category 4 storm -- which is a major hurricane.

By mid-morning on Monday, officials had announced the closing of New Hanover and Brunswick County Schools Tuesday through Friday.  In Brunswick County, officials have also issued mandatory evacuation orders for those in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes, beginning at daylight Tuesday.

CoastLine Canceled Wednesday & Thursday

Sep 10, 2018

In anticipation of the impending storm, CoastLine is canceled. The CoastLine Candidate Interviews with John Johnson, D and Carson Smith Jr., R (N.C. House District 16) will be rescheduled for a later date.  Also, Local Traffic, Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety will be rescheduled for a date in November. 

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