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Archive for October, 2012

Cape Fear Fair and Expo organizers to take on Sandy as she comes

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Organizers are expected to meet Friday afternoon to discuss how they will handle the potential threat from Hurricane Sandy.

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Search continues for suspects in Bladen drive-by

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The search continues for the gunmen involved in a drive-by shooting in Bladen County last night. It happened on Mercer Mill Road near Lisbon Road between Elizabethtown and Clarkton around 7:19 p.m.

Investigators say a 15-year-old was hit in the thigh during the shooting that damaged two homes. Deputies say the child’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Investigators say there were at least two shooters involved based on evidence found at the scene. They are currently following up on leads.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 862-8141.

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3-year-old bitten by dog

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A 3-year-old was bit by a dog at the home just off of Lake View Drive Thursday morning, according to the Wilmington Sheriff's Office.

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Sandy moves off of Cuba; Rainy/windy weekend for NC coast

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sandy continues to be a strong hurricane, and appears unphased after passing over Cuba overnight. The category 2 storm now moves onto the Bahamas, where it will lash them with high winds and driving rains. 

Once the system gets north of there, it will begin to slow down a bit and eventually take a turn out to sea. This is a guiding influence from an approaching cold front that will be nearing the area tomorrow. This front will keep the center of Sandy just off the NC coast by a few hundred miles. All models are currently showing this trend, and history supports this trend as well.

While this may sound like a large distance, keep in mind that Sandy is a large storm and will be expanding in size as it heads north. That means even with Sandy being well offshore Saturday and Sunday, we can still expect to experience some of the rain bands from this system and blustery winds that could regularly gust over tropical storm force at times.

Sandy Impacts

  • Potentially heavy, tropical rains anytime Saturday and Sunday. Rainfall as little as <1" to as much as 3". Heaviest at the coast
  • Sustained winds of 20-30 mph, with regular gusts over tropical storm force at the coast. 
  • Heavy marine effects in high surf, rip currents, and possible beach erosion. 

Keep in mind these effects can greatly change with only a few miles difference in storm track, and while we don’t expect the storm to come closer, our effects would be worse if it did. The best thing you can do now is just make sure you’re ready for a rainy/windy weekend with high marine effects of pounding surf and higher than normal tides. Keep yourself in tune with our forecast at this point as we learn more about the storm. 

No matter what happens, we will find high surf, high astronomical tides, possible beach erosion, and dangerous rip currents at the beaches beginning Friday and lasting until Monday.

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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Bladen Co. officials: at least 2 shooters involved in drive-by

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Bladen County Deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred Wednesday night on Mercer Mill Rd. near Lisbon Rd. between Elizabethtown and Clarkton, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

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