Hurricane Florence

Roy Cooper talks with out-of-state emergency workers at a temporary dormitory in Independence Mall Tuesday.
David Boraks / WHQR

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.
David Boraks / WHQR

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.  

Gourmet Market on Front Street stayed open over the weekend with the help of candles and flashlights. "It's survival," said owner Sam Joseph.
David Boraks / WHQR

Wilmington residents are emerging from homes and shelters after riding out Hurricane Florence.  Power was still out on Front Street Sunday afternoon, but a few businesses were open for those who ventured out, providing food and supplies or a beer among friends.

RLH

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. 

Vince Winkel

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

RLH

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.

RLH

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.

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

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.  

Lumber River Conservancy

Meteorologist Steven Pfaff from the National Weather Service provides a late morning update on Hurricane Florence. He says the category of the storm is nearly inconsequential--when the ground is saturated, the wind can be destructive at lower speeds.

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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.

NASA / WHQR Public Radio

 

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. 

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.

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.

National Hurricane Center / NOAA

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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