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Severe Weather

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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Hurricane Felix and Henriette strike on the same day

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For the first time since the National Hurricane Center started keeping track in 1949, twin hurricanes have made landfall on the same day. Full story...
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Drought conditions leave up to 2,000 fish dead in Neuse River

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State environmental officials are blaming the drought for the deaths of up to 2,000 dead catfish found near the mouth of the Neuse River. Full story...
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Thursday marks one-year Ernesto anniversary

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Tropical Storm Ernesto hit our area nearly one year ago today. The effects of the storm are still being felt. After Tropical Storm Ernesto, many parts of Pender County were covered in four feet of standing water. Several residents hoped changes would be made to prevent future flooding along the Cape Fear River. Full story...
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In face of drought, state concerned about trees

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The drought conditions have the state Division of Forest Resources concerned about your trees. The southern pine beetle thrives in dry conditions, and can cause major damage. Signs of an infestation include yellow pine needles or reddish-brown dust. Full story...
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People with diabetes should prepare for hurricanes

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Along with preparing your home for a hurricane people with medical conditions should also prepare themselves. Pender County Hospital is offering classes for diabetics on self managing their condition during a disaster. Full story...
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Easley seeks disaster aid in 85 counties

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Governor Mike Easley today asked federal agriculture officials for help because of drought-related crop losses in 85 counties. Full story...
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Hurricane Dean weakens to category one

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Hurricane Dean has weakened into a category one storm. But when it struck the coast of Mexico overnight it was the strongest Atlantic storm to make landfall in 20 years. Full story...
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Texas remains on the ready for Hurricane Dean's effects

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Texas officials are keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Dean as they continue to prepare for its possible effects. Full story...
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Hurricane Dean could impact gas costs

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As Hurricane Dean continues to carve a deadly destructive path it could also create a devastating impact on the economy -- particularly with the production of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Could gas prices skyrocket the way they did after Katrina? Full story...
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Hurricane Dean swipes Jamaica, closes in on Cayman Islands

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Hurricane Dean is closing in on the Cayman Islands. It's already swiped Jamaica, tearing roofs from homes and causing floods and landslides. Full story...
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At least 1 dead as Hurricane Dean bears down on Caribbean

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Authorities say Hurricane Dean is being blamed for at least one death as the storm moves through the Caribbean. Full story...
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Tropical Storm Erin threatens Texas

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Tropical Storm Erin is threatening to touch down Thursday in Texas and has caused the National Hurricane Center to issue a tropical storm warning for most of the Texas gulf coast. Full story...
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Prisoner tempers flare in summer heat

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When it gets as hot as it's been this week, tempers can flare. And that's something you especially don't want to happen inside state prisons. Full story...
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