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Archive for October, 2012

Local man set to run in New York City marathon

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is not slowing down the runners of the New York City marathon set to take place Sunday. Marathon organizers say they are moving ahead with plans for the race.

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A look at Hurricane Sandy’s damage from the sky

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

OUTER BANKS, NC (WWAY) — The United States Coast Guard is hard at work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The storm may have passed but the job of the Coast Guard is just beginning. WWAY’s Holden Kurwicki took to the skies for a bird’s eye view of the storm’s damage.

“The mission today, we just went out and took the Coast Guard sector personnel around the coast of North Carolina to survey the damage just to kind of get an idea of what the road conditions were and any kind of damage to the ferries,” said Wes McIntosh of the Coast Guard.

The conditions Tuesday were nothing compared to the tropical force winds that the crew faced while responding to a distress signal from the HMS Bounty. McIntosh also says, “After our headquarters had gotten word that they were in distress they wanted us to go out there and check their condition and see if they may not be in distress but more of a malfunction. They sent us out there to take a look at it and when we got out there we found out that their condition was actually worse than what they had initially thought and they were totally without power.”

During the trip, the Coast Guard C-130 passed over those same waters that claimed the Bounty. There was still debris and a life raft from the wreckage in the water.

The USCG says it’s still a search and rescue effort at this point and there are two Coast Guard ships and a C-130 on the scene. The ship’s captain, Robin Walbridge, is still missing.

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ON ’20/20′: How FEMA uses Waffle House to target aid

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

By Edward Lovett

Two red, two yellow.

What sounds like a child sorting Halloween hard candies this year doubles as something a bit more important to state and federal disaster-management officials: the Waffle House Index for Hurricane Sandy.

Two Waffle Houses near Allentown, Pa., were closed, and two in Maryland were open but serving a limited menu, according to Waffle House spokesperson Kelly Thrasher. All were without electricity; the open ones had gas and water.

Thrasher summarized the Index: when an official phones a Waffle House and the restaurant is open and serving the full menu, the index is Green. When the restaurant is open but serving a limited menu, it’s yellow. When it’s closed, it’s red.

Federal Emergency Management Administration head Craig Fugate devised the index after leading Florida’s response to several hurricanes in the 2000s. Based on the 24-hour restaurant chain’s hardy reputation and presence across the Southeast, it is an informal yet handy way to assess an area’s post-calamity condition.

This allows officials to do quick disaster-relief triage: red areas need help first, and fast.

Thrasher said Hurricane Isaac closed 40 restaurants on the gulf coast for a few days. She attributed the difference between this and Sandy to the chain’s high concentration of restaurants in the gulf area. Their restaurants in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are fewer and more spread out. There are no Waffle Houses in New Jersey or New York.

In addition, the company was “definitely proactive” before Sandy hit, Thrasher said. They tracked the storm all last week and sent an advance team pre-landfall with extra supplies and employees.

The Waffle House Index has its own hashtag. “How can the severity of Sandy be measured? The northern most WaffleHouse is in Ohio. #WaffleHouseIndex,” a Twitter user [@rkeni2] tweeted yesterday.

Thrasher called the attention “very flattering,” but added: “This is what we do all the time: to be there for our customers and associates on an everyday basis.”

A call to FEMA went unreturned. Perhaps they were busy calling Waffle House.

Watch the full story on a special “20/20” tonight at 10 p.m. ET on WWAY NewsChannel 3.

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Volunteers drive to New York to help, ‘Revolution’ stars speak out about efforts

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The Wilmington chapter of the American Red Cross has sent crews up the coast to help with relief efforts.

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Crash interrupts traffic at Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

An accident at the Wilmington entrance to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is causing bridge-bound traffic on Wooster Street to be detoured onto Third Street.

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