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Archive for September, 2009

Dark Water: The Legacy of Hurricane Floyd, Part 1

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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No other weather event in North Carolina history caused as much damage as Hurricane Floyd. Yet in terms of hurricanes records, Floyd wasn’t the largest storm to hit our state. It wasn’t the fastest moving storm. In fact, it wasn’t even the strongest, not even in the top 5. So what made Floyd so costly?

In some ways, it is one of the most misunderstood events of the last century. The story of
Hurricane Floyd does not even begin in September; it begins in late August of 1999 with a tropical storm named Dennis. On August 24, Tropical Storm Dennis formed in the Atlantic. Dennis was not your typical storm; it followed an erratic path, circling off the Carolina coast before making a final landfall on September 5.

Dennis brought hurricane force wind gusts of over 100 mph to the Cape Fear area and $100 million in damage in the Carolinas, partially from flooding. After all, parts of eastern Carolina got over 18 inches of rain from Dennis.

You see, it was Dennis that set the stage for the flooding of Hurricane Floyd. Within a few weeks time, Floyd would be on our back doorstep with a foot and a half of additional, rain. Tuesday, we will look back to those pictures we never forget.

For more on Floyd, visit our special Remembering Hurricane Floyd section on our website.

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videoIt is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Hurricane Floyd made landfall in North Carolina. This week, meteorologist Jerry Jackson takes a special look back at a storm that made meteorological history.

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‘Tis the season for backyard fires, but are they legal?

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Can I have a backyard fire in the city?According to the Wilmington Code of Ordinances, it is illegal to burn leaves, brush, shrubs, tree limbs or trash on public or private property without a permit from the fire department.

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Pender County Sheriff’s Office struggles to deal with budget cuts

Monday, September 14th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The long arm of the law has to stretch to cover Pender County’s 871 square miles.And budget cuts have made that task tougher than usual, Sheriff Carson Smith says.

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Cape Fear Hospital to hold community blood drive

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Cape Fear Hospital will hold a community blood drive 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the hospital, which is located at 5301 Wrightsville Ave.The drive will take place in the hospital’s third-floor classroom and is open to the public.

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Hospital,Singer make big push for mobile pediatric ICU

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Something New Hanover Regional Medical Center does not have is a mobile pediatric intensive care unit.

“The need gets pressing,” said NHRMC’s Damian Brezinski, MD. “The last couple of weeks we’ve actually seen that need in children and you can’t transport them by standard ambulance, it’s riskier; it has a higher mortality rate. We’re just here to save as many little lives as we can.”

Since the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital treats sick infants from nine surrounding counties, getting them there can waste precious time.

“It takes about 30-45 minutes to up-fit a standard ambulance to get the type of care we need to transport those patients into our hospital. Sometimes we don’t have that 30-45 minutes,” described Dr. Brezinski.

Plus, there are some services not offered at NHRMC, so children have to be transported to places like Chapel Hill and Duke, yet another reason why a mobile pediatric ICU is needed.

That is where international singer-songwriter Edwin McCain comes into the equation. He recently stopped by the hospital to perform for the children, and kick off a fundraiser with a $5,000 donation.

McCain said, “I understand, when walking through NICU and pediatric wing what that means, as the son of pediatrician, I understand what care for this region means, especially a mobile ICU unit.”

In November, McCain and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra are holding a concert to raise $125,000. That money, along with a matching donation, will pay for the mobile pediatric ICU.

“It’s hard to think of it to giving because I benefit so much from this, this is my favorite thing in the world to do, is to do what I do for a good cause,” said McCain.

The concert takes place Saturday, November 7th at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at the Kenan Box Office. Tickets for adults are $40 and $20 for UNCW students.

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videoWhen a child is sick, there is a hospital in Wilmington that is devoted to treating their illness. But there is one important piece of equipment the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital does not have, and there is a big push underway to change that.

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