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Archive for August, 2012

Isaac is intensifying; still on track toward the Gulf

Friday, August 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Isaac has improved it’s structure and has intensified this morning. The center of the storm should start to push through the western edge of Haiti tonight. 

The system will likely pass right around the southern tip of Florida Sunday night into Monday. From there, most computer models bring the system toward the Florida pan-handle and central Gulf Coast. The system will weaken over land, but could then turn our way bringing the remnant effects of the storm to North Carolina. 

For us, we expect absolutely no effects from the storm this weekend. By Tuesday of next week, we stand the chance of seeing some remnant rain and wind from the system. This will of course depend on where Isaac makes landfall and how it turns afterwards. 

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

Meteorologist Tim Buckley

 

 

 

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New executive director of N.C. State Ports Authority named

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Ports Authority Board of Directors chairman out

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ONLY ON 3: As West Nile Virus outbreak grows, Wilmington expert weighs in on reasons why

Friday, August 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Only three states have been spared from this year’s deadly outbreak of the West Nile Virus.

In the past few weeks, numbers of those who have been infected or died from the virus have soared. WWAY spoke with a local expert on infectious diseases to find out more.

The virus was first identified in east Africa in the 1930’s and eventually made its way to America, the first recorded case being in 1999. Health officials say this year may be the worst yet, but why?

“I don’t even think the CDC knows why there’s such an outbreak,” says Dr. Peter Maggiore, a Wilmington infectious disease specialist.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the West Nile Virus outbreak has infected more than 1,100 people in 38 states, resulting in 41 deaths.

Some say the weather could be a factor, and some like Maggiore say the regions that have seen the most cases could be due to bird migration. Many species of birds, he says, are more susceptible to the virus than humans.

“If you look at a map of the United States, they are in a very contiguous, sort of like a channel going up the Mississippi Valley, which might coincide with how the mosquitoes or the birds are traveling,” Maggiore says.

He says About 80 percent of those with West Nile Virus have no idea they have it and most never develop symptoms. In North Carolina, there has only been one recorded case, according to the CDC. Earlier this month, 84-year old Howard West of Goldsboro died. It is believed he was bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus while working in his garden.

David Jenkins with the New Hanover County Health Department says more than 40 species of mosquitoes have been identified in our area. More than half of those, he says, have the potential to carry WNV. Jenkins says our area’s salt marshes are a major contributor to the mosquito population.

Maggiore says though there’s not a huge threat to us, you can never be too cautious.

“There is always a risk,” he says. “How high the risk, this outbreak may be evolving.”

The New Hanover County Health Department is now in their second week of mosquito spraying and expect to be finished with the entire county by next week. They expect to spray all 28 zones at least twice.

In the meantime, you can help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by getting rid of any standing water and always wear insect repellent while outside.

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Cape Fears unemployment above state, national rates

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Wilmington-area unemployment remained in the double digits and above both the state and national rates.

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SEAL identified who wrote bin Laden book with StarNews editor

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The Navy SEAL who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was identified Thursday.

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