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Hurricane Irene

Stay safe while cleaning up after the storm

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As residents begin cleaning from Hurricane Irene, State Health Director Dr. Jeff Engel advises North Carolinians to take extra precautions to protect their health and safety. Injuries from falls are common after storms as residents climb ladders to repair roof or tree damage. Full story...
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Perdue asks for federal disaster declaration

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North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is asking for a federal disaster declaration for seven coastal counties that suffered severe damage during Hurricane Irene. Full story...
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Hurricane Irene leads to at least 26 deaths

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Hurricane Irene led to the deaths of at least 26 people in eight states, including six in North Carolina. Full story...
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Wastewater spill in New Hanover County during Irene

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The CFPUA Operations Department responded to a sewer spill which occurred Saturday from a manhole located at the Airport Pump Station #62. The loss of commercial power and failure of an in-place generator caused the spill. Full story...
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Thousands still waiting for power around Cape Fear

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video Progress Energy said Saturday afternoon 280,000 customers in North Carolina had no electricity. As of 11 a.m. Monday, that number was down to 91,300, including 10,100 in Onslow. New Hanover County had 2,200 homes and business still in the dark. That's down from about 7,000 Sunday night. Pender County has 1,500 outages. There are still 940 Progress Energy customers without power in Columbus County and 385 in Brunswick. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach residents say no erosion from Irene

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In the wake of Irene, beaches in our area are showing signs of erosion. Residents in Wrightsville Beach however, say the storm this weekend caused no significant damage to the sand dunes. Full story...
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Send us your pictures of Hurricane Irene

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Have photos of Hurricane Irene? Send them to us at pictures@wwaytv3.com, and we'll post them online. CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE GALLERY INSIDE Full story...
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Crews making progress getting the lights back on

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Hurricane Irene finally moved out of North Carolina over night, but its effects are still being felt. As of 7 p.m., Progress Energy says 124,507 of its customers in eastern North Carolina still do not have power. That is significantly lower than the peak level of outages, which was 280,000 customers at 2 p.m. Saturday. Full story...
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Pender schools closed Monday; New Hanover, Brunswick open

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The impact of Hurricane Irene will be felt for at least one more day in Pender County as students get an extra day off from school. Pender County Schools will be closed Monday. Full story...
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Crews find body of man who went into river during Irene

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Search crews have found the body of a man who wound up in the Northeast Cape Fear River early Saturday during Hurricane Irene. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says crews found the body of Melton Robinson, Jr., in the river just before 4 p.m. Sunday. Full story...
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Celebrate Irene's departure on the beach tonight at Lumina Daze

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Turn back the hands of time! Relive Wrightsville Beach of the 1930s through 1970s! Help benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History on Sunday, yes this weekend, from 4:00pm until 10:00pm during the 13th Lumina Daze Celebration at the Blockade Runner Resort! A nostalgic evening of wholesome fun is in store for all who attend this year's Lumina Daze event. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Memorable day for women who gave birth during Hurricane Irene

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video Irene brought with her extreme conditions that couldn't be controlled: torrential downpour, whipping winds and for some, labor pains. New Hanover Regional Medical Center reported 12 deliveries of newborns during the storm. Full story...
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UPDATE: Body Recovered in Cape Fear River

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video Hurricane Irene may have claimed a life in North Carolina. Crews have continued their search for 27-year-old Melton Robinson in the Northeast Cape Fear River near Castle Hayne. Earlier Saturday morning the search had to be postponed because of the poor conditions caused by Hurricane Irene. Full story...
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More than 500,000 customers without power in NC

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More than half a million utility customers in North Carolina have no power as Hurricane Irene grinds up the coast. Full story...
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Red Cross closes area shelters, two remain open

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The Red Cross has closed some of the evacuation shelters opened yesterday for Hurricane Irene. All residents staying at these shelters have safely returned to their homes. Full story...
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