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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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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. 

As Hurricane Florence keeps the Cape Fear region in her sights, officials at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have now issued a mandatory evacuation for students and declared a State of Emergency.

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Hurricane Florence is strengthening as she moves across the Atlantic.  While it’s not yet a fait accompli  that she’ll ram the Southeastern North Carolina coast, she will bring impacts.  Here are some preparation guidelines.

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North Carolina Senate District 8 covers 100% of Brunswick, Bladen, and Pender Counties.  Also included in Senate District 8 is a tiny part – 2.6% -- of New Hanover County. 

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Sonny Liston, heavyweight boxing champion in the early 1960s,  died near the beginning of 1971.  The reason listed on the death certificate:  natural causes.  But nearly 50 years later, the question of whether he was murdered is an open one for some.  It’s a question Shaun Assael set out to answer with his book, The Murder of Sonny Liston:   Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights. 

On Thursday in Washington D.C., the House of Representatives held a hearing on perfluorinated chemicals in the environment. GenX is such a chemical. One of the speakers was Emily Donovan of Brunswick County. 

Emily Donovan, the co-founder of Clean Cape Fear, is en route to Washington DC. A House subcommittee invited her speak during a hearing looking into PFAS and GenX contamination in the water supply.  The issue is now receiving more national attention.

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Marine biotechnology is a growing field in Wilmington. One of the leaders is MARBIONC - a program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington - that develops and markets new products. One of their latest discoveries, a potential medication derived from algae, has just been approved for further testing. 

UNCW Creative Writing professor Wendy Brenner’s short story "I Am the Bear" will be nationally podcast and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts" program this upcoming Thursday, August 30 (locally on Sunday). "I Am the Bear" is performed by actor Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy, 13 Reasons Why), with guest hosts Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre.

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Edward Hardin joined the U.S. Army in the summer of 1917 when he was 24 years old.  Despite getting expelled from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for fraternity pranks that involved laxative-laced hot dogs and cows inside buildings, the native Wilmingtonian earned his undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical chemistry and a graduate degree in Pharmacy by 1914.  Both before and after World War I, Edward worked as a pharmacist at his family’s business, Hardin Pharmacy.

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The news of a well-organized band of protestors pulling down Silent Sam last week has launched another round of emotional debate over the handling of Confederate monuments.  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt says the eyes of the nation are upon her institution, and that she and her Board of Trustees are now charged with finding a lawful, lasting way to protect the monument by November 15th. 

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A U.S. Senator from Michigan, has introduced bipartisan legislation that could help with the investigation and clean-up of the chemical compounds currently in the Cape Fear River. It’s called the PFAS Detection Act.   

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Horror stories abound of homeowners’ associations nitpicking over paint colors, dinging people for landscaping choices they never submitted for approval – even fining property owners to the point of bankruptcy.

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Lauren Collins has investigated the precise number of roses that go into a bottle of Chanel No. 5.  More recently, she covered the gender pay discrepancy scandal that has rocked the BBC and spurred new questions around salary secrecy and reporting requirements in the UK, Iceland, and other parts of the world. 

Vince Winkel

The Wilmington City Council has passed new regulations for horse-drawn carriages and their owners. By a unanimous vote last night, the council approved new rules on where tours can go, the health of the horses, and who can operate the tours.  PETA, meanwhile, is opposed to the use of horses for such businesses.

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In Navassa, between the Brunswick River and Navassa Road, there’s a Superfund site. It sits behind a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and no trespassing signs. It’s a heavily wooded area today. However after the cleanup it may look a lot different.

Photo: Dr. Kristen Colleran

Saturday is 'Clear the Shelters' adoption day. That means animal shelters in Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus Counties will be adopting out animals without the usual fees. It’s all part of a nationwide pet adoption drive. 

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