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STORMTRACK 3: Rain is over, winds remain gusty as Beryl pulls away

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beryl is beginning to exit the area and push offshore. The last of the rain is moving through Pender and New Hanover Counties and will be offshore by 4pm. The storm has already dropped anywhere from 2-4" of rain across the area. While the system was still classified a tropical depression at the 11am advisory, it will likely become a non-tropical system this afternoon. 

There have been scattered reports of trees and power lines down throughout the area. This is largely due to the soaking rains followed by gusty winds in excess of 40 mph. 

Here’s a look at your StormTrack 3 forecast:

  • This Afternoon: Rain pushing offshore. Winds remain gusty. Downed trees are possible. Temps in the mid/upper 70’s. 
  • Tonight: Clearing skies. Lows in the mid 60’s. West winds at 5-10 mph. 

Stay tuned to WWAY for updates, and head to Hurricanes 101.


Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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Beryl moves on, leaves behind flooding, concerns for Hurricane Season

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Depression Beryl has come and gone. It left behind a lot of rain And some worries about what’s still to come this summer.

Some areas in southeastern North Carolina got hit harder than others, but many agree that the rain was much needed because of the severe drought.

“The woods are extremely dry,” Fitzhugh Williams of Columbus County said. “The water table’s low. This will help to bring the water table up.”

Other than some flooding, including several areas in Columbus County, especially in and around Chadbourn, the Cape Fear seemed to manage fairly well with little damage from the storm. Most people say they were going about business as usual and didn’t think much of Beryl’s visit.

“I’ve been here for six years, and I’ve been through a lot of storms. I think this is just a rain event,” Chuck Warden of Wrightsville Beach said. “I doubt there is going to be a lot of beach erosion, and there may be some street flooding, but that’s about it.”

Overall, the early storm wasn’t too bad, but some worry that its premature arrival may mean stronger storms to come later this summer.

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Jurors in Edwards case finish 8th day of talks

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The judge in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial has sent the jury home after eight days of deliberations and told the four alternate jurors they do not need to come back to the courthouse.

It was not clear whether the judge’s decision to release the alternate jurors meant the regular panel was any closer to a verdict.

The four alternate jurors have drawn attention because they have at times worn the same color shirts. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles said Wednesday that everyone in the courtroom will miss their cheerful faces and not knowing what color they will be wearing each day.

The judge said she was still dealing with a note from one of the 12 regular jurors, but she did not say what it was about. The panel is scheduled to resume deliberations Thursday morning.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Topsail board includes budget summary with tax bills

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Mailing will cost town an additional $1,000.

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Pender Co. Schools on one-hour delay Thursday

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools will operate on a one-hour delay for students and staff except emergency personnel Thursday.

The district announced the delay Wednesday afternoon after Tropical Depression Beryl moved through the area.

The district cited standing water on numerous highways as a concern. It said the one-hour delay will provide time for the school district’s transportation staff to check roads and let bus drivers see standing water, if any.

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