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Archive for May, 2012

Oak Island council mulls over pump station fixes

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

It will cost $125,000 to fix all nine pump stations.

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STORMTRACK 3: Subtropical Storm Beryl expected to make landfall in FL/GA Sunday night

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Subtropical Storm Beryl formed Friday night, making the storm the second in a Hurricane Season that hasn’t officially started yet.

As of Saturday evening, the storm is moving southwest at 6 mph and has sustained winds of 45 mph. Beryl is expected to continue on a path into Georgia and Florida through Monday. However, southeastern North Carolina will still feel some indirect effects, including an increase in the chance for spotty showers throughout the weekend as well as a high risk for rip currents and unfavorable boating conditions in offshore waters.

Dangerous rip currents are perhaps the main concern. With the crowded beaches this weekend, make sure you heed warnings of lifeguards at all times.

There are currently no watches/warnings in effect for our area. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for parts of Georgia and Florida. A Tropical Storm Watch is in place for parts of the SC coast. 

Here’s a look at your Memorial Weekend forecast:

  • Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Gusty winds out of the E at 15-20 mph. Highs near 80. Rip current risk remains high, with seas at 4-7 feet.
  • Memorial Day: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and storms. Highs in the 80’s. Winds out of the SE at 10-15 mph. Seas and rip current risk remain high.

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

Weather Forecaster Asha Dave

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Baseball talks veiled in secrecy

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Some pushing for more transparency

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Diligence returns home with a surprise

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Coast Guard City has its cutter back in place, and one young lady has a new piece of jewelry because of the homecoming.

After 56 days patrolling the Caribbean Sea, the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is back home. The ship docked Saturday afternoon, and the first petty officer to step on land had just one thing on his mind: popping the question to his girlfriend Kate. She said yes to her now-fiancé Andy Dettmer.

“I’m really excited. I had absolutely no idea,” newly engaged Kate Schuller said “I’m sure my friends and family knew, but they did a really good job of keeping it a secret, so I’m very excited. This is kind of where everything started for us the second time, so yea, it’s pretty awesome.”

The Diligence and her crew will be home in the Port City until late July.

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Group against tax-funded ballpark collects last-minute signatures

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s no doubt the idea of bringing a ballpark to the Port City is a hotly contested issue. There are passionate folks on both sides of the plate.

The group against a tax-funded stadium is preparing to turn their petitions in to Wilmington city leaders. They held one last rally at Empie Park Saturday to get more folks to sign. Co-organizer Josh Fulton said the process of collecting signatures has been grueling, rewarding and exhausting. He’s glad it’s coming to an end.

“I think we are going to win,” Fulton said. “I think that the baseball stadium won’t be funded with taxpayer dollars. I see some of the council wavering, which is a good thing. Based on the deal that they have, so that bodes well for us. I don’t think we’ll see a publicly-funded baseball stadium.”

Fulton said they’ve got more than 3,000 signatures so far. The group plans to present them to city council either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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