Hurricane Irene
Stay safe while cleaning up after the storm
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 2:48pm.

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.

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Perdue asks for federal disaster declaration
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 1:25pm.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is asking for a federal disaster declaration for seven coastal counties that suffered severe damage during Hurricane Irene.

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Hurricane Irene leads to at least 26 deaths
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 1:03pm.

Hurricane Irene led to the deaths of at least 26 people in eight states, including six in North Carolina.

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Wastewater spill in New Hanover County during Irene
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 10:47am.

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.

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Thousands still waiting for power around Cape Fear
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 10:24am.

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.

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Wrightsville Beach residents say no erosion from Irene
Submitted by Marissa Jasek on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 7:31pm.

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.

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Send us your pictures of Hurricane Irene
Submitted by WWAY on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 7:23pm.

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Crews making progress getting the lights back on
Submitted by WWAY on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 6:40pm.

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.

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Pender schools closed Monday; New Hanover, Brunswick open
Submitted by WWAY on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 5:26pm.

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.

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Crews find body of man who went into river during Irene
Submitted by WWAY on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 5:17pm.

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.

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