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Hurricane Irene

Storm victims can apply for disaster assistance in seven NC counties

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Survivors of Hurricane Irene in seven North Carolina counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance. Full story...
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Couple charged after chase in power company truck stolen from Irene clean-up

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The clean-up in Pender County was slowed yesterday after a couple allegedly stole a Four County EMC truck and started a chase that ended two counties away. Full story...
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Obama approves disaster declaration for NC

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President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for North Carolina as the state recovers from Hurricane Irene. Full story...
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Thompson: Storm debris not county's problem

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video It's been three days since Hurricane Irene, but debris still litters many New Hanover County yards. County leaders are waiting to see if FEMA will pick up the bill for the clean-up, but for now, one commissioner says it's not the county's responsibility and he doesn't wanna pay for it. Full story...
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Area beaches survive Irene with little erosion

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video The higher than normal tides and massive waves caused by Hurricane Irene were predicted to wreak havoc on our area's beaches, but thanks to the shift in her track, the impact was minimal. Full story...
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Thank you, Cape Fear, for making WWAYTV3.com #1 during Irene

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When severe weather hits the Cape Fear, folks here know they can depend on the StormTrack 3 Weather Team and WWAYTV3.com to keep them informed online. During the three days of Hurricane Irene (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) more than 160,000 people visited WWAYTV3.com and the site had almost 690,000 pageviews those three days (according to Google Analytics). Full story...
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Obama cabinet secretaries slated to visit NC

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Two officials from the Obama administration are traveling to North Carolina to get a first-hand look at damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Full story...
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New Hanover County waits on FEMA to deal with debris issue

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video As Hurricane Irene crashed through the Cape Fear region it left plenty of debris in it's wake. New Hanover County Commissioners say they are waiting on FEMA to see if the government will cover the cost for debris collection. Full story...
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Hurricane Irene: By the numbers

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Hurricane Irene will not appear in the "Top 10" list of North Carolina hurricanes. Not even close. However, Irene was a good reminder that even a "weak" hurricane or tropical storm can create impressive wind gusts and flooding rain. Full story...
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Curfew established for residents and visitors of Hatteras Island

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The Dare County Sheriff's Office has established a curfew for local residents as well as for those trying to access Hatteras Island. Full story...
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Frustration mounts as power outages linger

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video The lights are still out in parts of our area two days after Hurricane Irene swept past the Cape Fear coast. Those without generators are beginning to get frustrated, as temperatures and tempers continue to rise. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. catching grief for not cleaning up debris; May change mind (UPDATED @ 5:15 pm)

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video There is no decision whether the county will activate it’s debris removal contract. New Hanover County is awaiting word whether the county will receive payment from FEMA to cover the cost of countywide debris pick up. The cost to New Hanover County government could be as high as $500,000. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Some sea turtle nests destroyed, others hatched during Irene

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video When you think of Topsail Island, you just might think of sea turtles. While humans on the island continue to clean up in the wake of Hurricane Irene, there's concern about the turtles that have been waiting to hatch on the island. Full story...
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Topsail Beach damage estimated at $1 million

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Although Hurricane Irene hit beach communities like Topsail Island pretty hard, there are not many reports of major damage. Full story...
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Coastal waters temporarily close to shellfishing

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Upon recommendation of the state health director, the NC Division of Marine Fisheries will temporarily close all coastal waters to shellfish harvesting effective immediately, due to potential impacts of floodwaters on these areas. Full story...
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