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Archive for November, 2011

6 dead as storms, possible tornadoes hit Southeast

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Associated Press

ROCK HILL, SC (AP) — At least six people have been killed by a storm system that spawned several possible tornadoes as it moved across the Southeast.

Officials said Thursday that an adult and a child were killed in central North Carolina during Wednesday’s storms.

Suspected tornadoes were reported Wednesday in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Dozens of homes and buildings were damaged and thousands of people were without power as trees and power lines were downed.

In South Carolina, three people were killed and five injured when a likely tornado swept through a rural community near Rock Hill, about 20 miles south of Charlotte. In north Georgia, a man was killed when a tree fell on his sport utility vehicle.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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Storm kills 2 in Davidson County

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

LEXINGTON, NC (AP) — Two people have been killed and at least 10 others injured after severe weather ripped through southern portions of Davidson County.

Emergency Services Director Jeff Smith said Thursday that authorities have confirmed the deaths of one adult and one child. Authorities planned to release details about the deaths at a news conference late Thursday morning.

Smith said about 10 other people were hurt.

The storm struck southeast of Lexington about 6 p.m., destroying at least one building. Smith said the storm left a substantial swath of damage to commercial and residential buildings and caused significant damage to a mobile home park.

Smith also said officials with the National Weather Service would visit the county Thursday to determine if it was a tornado that struck the county.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Downtown bars age gracefully

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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Pre-K program spending unlikely to change soon

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A top North Carolina legislative budget-writer says there are no immediate plans to address preschool spending for at-risk 4-year-olds because litigation on the state’s program is running through the courts.

Republican Sen. Richard Stevens of Cary made the comments Wednesday after an advocacy group held a news conference urging lawmakers to fulfill Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue’s request to spend $30 million to teach another 6,300 preschoolers starting in January.

Rob Thompson with the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children says legislators should act when they return to work later this month.

Perdue said her request was the first step toward fulfilling a judge’s ruling that struck down some North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten budget provisions. Perdue says needy children cannot be turned away from the program.

State attorneys are appealing the ruling.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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STORMTRACK 3: Deadly storms cross through the Carolinas

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY)– An approaching cold front produced severe weather across the state Wednesday, including some here in the News Channel 3 viewing area. Strong winds downed trees in Robeson county, and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for several counties. Winds gusted over 40 mph at times along the coast. 

The impact of this system was much more tragic inland. So far, 4 fatalities have been reported from Georgia to North Carolina. In all, there were 16 reports of tornadoes from Alabama to North Carolina Wednesday. 

Additional showers/storms will be possible through early Thursday, but these will remain below severe levels. Skies will clear and temperatures will fall by Thursday afternoon.

You can always see the latest watches/warnings from WWAY on Facebook and Twitter.

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley





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