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Official says August heat worsened drought effects

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Forecasters have told a state panel that the high temperatures of August only worsened North Carolina's drought, and the coming months are expected to bring little relief. Full story...
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North Carolina begs for rain

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The Raleigh area is begging for some rain this week to ease drought conditions. Full story...
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As Gabrielle moves on, thunderstorms to bring some rain

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North Carolina's first tropical storm of the year did virtually nothing to ease drought in the few coastal counties it touched. Full story...
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Surfers, beachgoers disappointed by Gabrielle

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Around here there were predictions that Gabrielle would bring heavy rain, high winds and strong rip currents. But surfers in Wrightsville Beach didn't see any of that. Surfers expecting to see big waves were hit with a wave of disappointment when they saw the surf Sunday afternoon. Full story...
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Gabrielle passes through Outer Banks with little impact

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Ferry service has resumed to Ocracoke Island as remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle moved away from North Carolina. Ferry service was suspended yesterday because of the storm, which brought 50 miles per hour winds and up to eight inches of rain to the Outer Banks. Full story...
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Shelter opens for animals and owners

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While this storm is still churning in the Atlantic it's a good time to talk emergency planning. That includes having a plan ready for your pet. New Hanover County has a third shelter ready for pets in the event of an evacuation. And unlike the other shelters, this one will house both pets and their owners. Full story...
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Easley asks for more water restrictions amid worsening drought

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Governor Mike Easley wants all local governments to immediately enact voluntary or mandatory water restrictions. Full story...
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Area eyes possible storm

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We're all watching that storm waiting to see what it will do. No need to panic, but it is a good opportunity to make sure you're ready. Many local residents said they're not worried about the storm yet. But many said they are watching it closely to see if it will make landfall and if it does, how strong it will be. Most said they will take precautions only if they know the storm will hit our area. Full story...
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More of North Carolina now under extreme drought

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The drought covering North Carolina has worsened over the past week. In the Triangle, conditions went from being "severe" to "extreme." That's according to the weekly report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. Full story...
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Storm system miles away puts NC officials on alert

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A storm system forming hundreds of miles south of the Carolinas is drawing some attention. Residents, government officials and businesses fear the coming weekend could be a wet and windy one. Full story...
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