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Archive for October, 2012

Sandy now a much stronger Cat 2 storm; Wind/rain likely for NC coast.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sandy has undergone rapid intensification over the last day, and is now a strong category 2 hurricane. The storm continues to head due north toward the Bahamas as expected. 

Once the system gets north of the Bahamas, all indications right now are that it will start to curve slightly out to sea; staying just off the NC coast by a few hundred miles. All models are currently showing this trend, and history supports this trend as well. This may sound like a large distance, but keep in mind that Sandy is a large storm and will be expanding in size as it heads north. That means even with this offshore path, the storm would be close enough that clouds, some heavy rain, and even some gusty winds even near tropical storm force will at least be a possibility anywhere from Friday night through Sunday.

Keep in mind these effects can greatly change with only a few miles difference in storm track, so keep it here as we fine tune the forecast. If the storm were to come a bit closer, we could experience much more in the way of wind and rain. The best thing you can do is just 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 respond to drive by shooting

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Bladen County Deputies are on the scene of a drive by shooting that occurred Wednesday night on Mercer Mill Rd. near Lisbon Rd. between Elizabethtown and Clarkton.

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Missing teen in Leland found safe

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Authorities are asking for help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

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2 NC school buses collide at intersection

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in Franklin County say two school buses crashed head-on, injuring both drivers and 10 students.

Franklin County Schools spokesman Joe Baisley said the buses were carrying students from Youngsville and Franklinton elementary schools Wednesday afternoon. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said the bus from Franklinton Elementary was turning left when it crossed the center line of a street and hit the second bus, which was at a stop sign.

Baisley said the injured drivers and students were taken to Wake Med North and Franklin Regional Medical Center. An additional bus was sent to the scene to transport uninjured students home.

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

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17 indicted in massive mortgage fraud case

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Seventeen people are facing charges in a massive mortgage fraud ring that stole more than $75 million from investors and lenders in the Charlotte area.

The U.S. Attorneys’ Office says the group targeted professional athletes, doctors and others to invest in a series of sham corporations. Money was then diverted from the bogus corporations to its mortgage fraud operation.

Law enforcement officials say the ring recruited people to buy luxury homes. In return, they’d receive kickbacks for taking part. The group pocketed profits when the homes were sold at inflated prices.

Most of the activity took place in Charlotte and suburban Waxhaw.

Law enforcement authorities say it’s the latest round of criminal charges resulting from a continuing investigation called Operation Wax House. So far, 81 people have been charged.

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

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