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Archive for May, 2012

Beryl — breaking news

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

With Beryl’s rains reaching Southeastern North Carolina this morning, the region remains under a flood watch until 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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STORMTRACK 3: Beryl’s rain arrives. Downpours to last through afternoon.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beryl’s rain is now here, and the tropical downpours are beginning across the area. The system is still a tropical depression, but it has increased in size and it’s rain-field is more impressive now that it is tapping into Atlantic moisture once again. The storm will pass overhead through the afternoon. 

Here’s what we can expect. Heavy rain overspreading the area through 3am. Winds remain a non-issue in the 10-20 mph range. Heading into the daylight hours, heavy rain will continue, and it will be torrential at times. Storm total rainfall could reach 2-4" in spots. This could lead to ponding of water and minor flooding. A flood watch is in effect through tonight. As with any tropical system, there will be a small threat for severe weather – with one or two weak tornadoes possible throughout the day. This is a small threat. Expect dry air to filter in by the end of the day, with skies beginning to clear by sundown. 

Here’s a look at your StormTrack 3 forecast:

  • Overnight: Beryl moves in, and heavy rain overspreads the aera. Temperatures steady in the low 70’s. Wind: S 10-20 mph. Chance of rain: 80%
  • Later today: Heavy downpours continue, especially near the coast. Gusty winds up to 25-30 mph at the coast. Flood Watch in effect. Highs in the mid 70’s. Rain totals could be anywhere from 1"-4". Chance of rain: 100%

Right now, there are currently no tropical watches/warnings in effect for our area. 

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

Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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Stadium review group releases survey results

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Responses mixed about public money

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NC House panel OKs Cherokee casino game expansion

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Changes to state gambling laws which allow the Cherokee casino in western North Carolina to offer live dealer poker and other table games have cleared a House budget subcommittee.

The panel met late Tuesday and approved a Senate proposal for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to implement an amended gambling compact with Gov. Beverly Perdue. The casino currently offers electronic games.

Deal supporters say it will expand casino offerings while hiring hundreds of workers. Public schools will benefit from a cut of revenues from the new games.

Tribe Principal Chief Michell Hicks told the subcommittee the change will help tribe members and those living in the region. Rep. Mark Hilton opposes the gambling expansion, saying it will contribute to more substance abuse and family problems.

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

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North Carolina stops annexation of Monkey Junction

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State House of Representatives has given final approval to two bills blocking forced annexation in North Carolina.

One bill overturns the annexation of Monkey Junction, areas near Southport and others across the state. That’s a done deal.

Reaction is divided.

Margaret Haynes is on the Wilmington City Council she sounds stoic about the news that the state of North Carolina has stopped their annexation of Monkey Junction and put up road blocks to future annexations.

“Well I’m just hearing it but it’s disappointing for all of the city residents and because this is something that will negatively impact everyone who lives in the city limits.”

Residents of Monkey Junction were celebrating their victory Tuesday night, and why not? It was a fight they thought they had won before, and then a judge ruled the petition process unconstitutional. That’s when the city acted to annex the area. People we spoke to like Chris McKinney did not like that.

“I don’t think there should ever be any kind of involuntary annexation if we wanted the city services and we requested them that would be one thing but nobody that I know in our community wanted these services, it was basically going to double our taxes with no additional services.”

Monkey Junction resident Arlene Male agrees.

“I think it was a bad idea and I don’t think that they had the right to do that. When it was voted down I don’t think they should have been able to just come in and say OK it’s ours.”

Monkey Junction has major retailers and food franchises as well as residential areas and people like Arlene say there is only one reason the city of Wilmington wanted them annexed

“Money, it was more money in their pockets.”

The other bill passed Tuesday gives residents of an annexed area a vote. That bill now goes to the Governor. The bill passed both chambers with enough votes to make it virtually veto-proof.

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