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Archive for August, 2012

Isaac eyes New Orleans; Wilmington to see indirect rain

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Isaac is still a tropical storm, but appears very organized this morning as it pulls away from Florida. The storm will strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico, likely into a hurricane, as it heads northwest through Wednesday. Landfall now looks very likely Wednesday very near New Orleans.

Once the storm makes landfall, it looks like it will stall out for a time before its remnants move due north. This means that it’s looking very unlikely that we’ll see direct impacts from the storm here. We’re also not expecting any severe weather. Stay tuned for any possible changes.

However, we have already seen an indirect increase in tropical moisture across the area which will still lead to potentially heavy rain Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This could lead to minor flooding problems in spots.

You can always see up-to-the-minute forecasts from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101, and catch a full Tropical Video Update

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What to watch for at the GOP convention on Monday

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Here are some things to watch for at the GOP convention Monday:

1. WHEN THE RAINS CAME: Hurricane Isaac rolls toward the GOP convention in Tampa, FL, threatening a thicket of wet, windy disarray depending on how and where it hits. The storm is on course to pass west of the convention city.

2. WAIT ‘TIL TUESDAY: Republicans announce a leaner convention schedule to begin Tuesday – after canceling all events Monday except for a symbolic, 10-minute opening because of the approaching storm. How will a town full of eager delegates spend the day now?

3. NO BIDEN: Florida does without the nation’s current vice president on Monday. Joe Biden scrapped a campaign swing through the state on account of the storm.

4. LOGISTICAL RESHUFFLINGS: Even with no formal convention events, lots of GOP luncheons and engagements are scheduled – and some are being relocated to accommodate possible inclement weather. Among the displaced happenings: a breakfast with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and a brunch with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and House Speaker John Boehner.

5. AND AN EXTRA DAY OF ANTICIPATION: Convention delayed will not be convention denied, say some enthusiastic participants. “We’re ready to blow the roofs off on Tuesday night,” says Mitch Zak, media director for California’s GOP delegation.

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

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Rouzer’s RNC speech pushed to Tuesday afternoon

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State Sen. David Rouzer will now speak Tuesday afternoon at the Republican National Convention in Florida.

Rouzer’s campaign says the Republican challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre for North Carolina’s 7th District seat in the US House will speak to delegates between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Rouzer had been scheduled to make a brief speech this evening, but organizers decided to postpone today’s events in Tampa because of Hurricane Isaac.

The storm is passing to the west of Florida today through the Gulf Coast as it tracks toward Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Fayetteville officer shoots, wounds suspect

Monday, August 27th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A Fayetteville police officer has shot and wounded a man after a chase through an apartment complex.

Police Lt. Chris Davis says the man was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after the shooting Sunday evening. Davis says the suspect is expected to survive.

Davis did not release the officer’s name.

The officer reported a suspicious vehicle shortly before 7 p.m. and stopped the car. Davis says the driver got out of the car and hopped over a fence and ran into an apartment complex.

Davis says the officer caught the man and there was a struggle before the shooting.

Davis said he had no other details.

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

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Most NC students returning for new school year

Monday, August 27th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Most of North Carolina’s 1.5 million public school students are opening a new academic year.

Children across North Carolina head back to school Monday, the first day of classes for traditional calendar students.

Students will be working under a new set of education standards that expects them to master key concepts and understand how to apply them in real-life situations. Students will be asked to think and reason more, to read more nonfiction and less fiction.

The State Highway Patrol is asking drivers to pay attention, be patient with school buses, and watch for children crossing the road.

Jacksonville traffic supervisor Lt. Sean Magill warns that speeding in a school zone will cost nearly $450 in fines and court costs.

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

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