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Severe Weather

New coastal evacuation plan in the works

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videoIf a hurricane hit our coast would you know where to go? A new coastal evacuation plan is currently in the works. The new evacuation plan would let people know exactly where to go when evacuation orders are given, in the event of a category 4 or 5 storm. Full story...
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State to give weather radios to senior centers

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Governor Easley announced today that 164 senior centers in the state will soon get weather radios to warn seniors and staff members of weather emergencies. Full story...
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National Hurricane Director Center director loses position

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The National Hurricane Center in Florida is having a bit of rough weather itself. A nasty internal feud has become public and cost its director his job. Bill Proenza says he was removed for acting in the public's best interest. Full story...
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Much of US under oppressive heat

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Much of the US is dealing with some oppressive heat. And for some parts of the country extreme heat isn't something people are used to. Full story...
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Flood insurance rates may soar along coast

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videoThousands of coastal North Carolina residents could see insurance rates rise this fall as state regulators weigh higher insurance costs against the rising cost of protecting homes. Full story...
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Drought now statewide

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All of North Carolina is experiencing some level of drought for the first time this year. Full story...
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Planners working to include pets in evacuations

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Officials are working to include pets in plans for accommodations when people are required to evacuate their homes during storms and other emergencies. Full story...
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N.C. under drought conditions

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The entire state of North Carolina is experiencing drought conditions. That's the word Friday from Gov. Mike Easley. Full story...
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Most local gas stations not equipped with generators

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videoIf a hurricane hits, one thing people are going to want in the wake of a storm is gasoline. Are local gas stations are prepared to help if a natural disaster strikes here? Full story...
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Deadline close for Ernesto business loans

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The deadline to apply for business loans to recover from Tropical Storm Ernesto is in just a few hours. Gov. Mike Easley is reminding victims of the storm last August of the 9 p.m. cutoff for business loan applications. Full story...
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Chertoff, governor urge preparing for hurricane season

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Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff joined Governor Easley today to urge North Carolina residents to prepare themselves for this year's hurricane season. Full story...
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Emergency leaders hold annual hurricane drill

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Hurricane season is here. State and City leaders and emergency personnel from around the Carolinas gathered Tuesday for their annual hurricane drill. Full story...
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Staying safe in summer heat

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videoUnseasonably hot with more heat on the way. People doing everything from running to lounging in the shade and they had one goal in common: beating the heat. Tips to remember when temperatures rise are to keep yourself hydrated, stay in the shade, and wear sunscreen. Full story...
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Weekend rain not enough to lift water restrictions

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The weekend rain wasn't enough to lift the water restrictions in parts of New Hanover County. The county's mandatory water restriction has been in place since last week, but still, people are unsure of how it affects them. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach prepares coastal warning flags

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The Wrightsville Beach Coast Guard is prepared for hurricane season. To help get the message out, in the event of a storm, the coast guard has installed a flag warning system. Full story...
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