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Archive for August, 2011

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

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More than 50,000 without power on Cape Fear Coast

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Hurricane Irene continues to hit the North Carolina coast, about 279,569 Progress Energy customers state-wide are without power as of 2 p.m. today.

New Hanover County is the most affected county in the state with 42,000 customers still without power, though that number has dwindled from 58,000 earlier this morning. Pender County also saw some lights come back on, with 8,500 still seeing outages, down from 10,000 at 10 a.m. 6,800 customers are still affected in Columbus County.

Crews responded to outages as early as Friday afternoon and worked into Friday night until worsening weather conditions made it unsafe to do so.

Progress Energy has more than 1,000 line workers, tree crews and support staff from five states – more than three times the normal complement of workers in the region – and crews are ready to conduct damage assessment and begin large-scale repairs as soon as weather conditions permit. To ensure their safety, crews cannot work in winds of 39 mph or higher.

Progress Energy expects the restoration to take several days in the hardest-hit areas. To report an outage, you can call them at (800) 419-6356.

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Pender County officials reject proposal for mine

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Despite complaints from some residents and a decision made by county commissioners to deny a special permit to operate a dirt mine in Hampstead, hopes for the operation of the mine are still alive.

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Pender County – Curfew continues in North Topsail; shelters to close

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

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STORMTRACK 3 OFFICIAL FORECAST: Irene’s rain/wind are slow to relent, even though the eye heads north

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The eye of Irene is well to the north of us, but high wind and heavy rain stubbornly stuck around our region well into Saturday evening. The storm made landfall at Cape Lookout around 8:00 Saturday morning as a Category 1 storm and continues to move to the north and east up the coast.

Conditions slowly but surely improved as we moved through Saturday afternoon, with high winds and heavy rain eventually relaxing. Earlier Saturday, winds over 70 mph battered the coast at times – near hurricane force conditions. 

Widespread power outages were reported as a result of the high winds. The heavy rains led to localized flooding in many communities as well.

A Hurricane Warning is still in effect for most of coastal North Carolina, including Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Duplin Counties within the WWAY viewing area – with these winds most likely at the beaches themselves.

After a stormy Friday and Saturday, we’ve got a well-deserved sunny Sunday to look forward to.

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