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Archive for December, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Tornado warning canceled, watch in effect

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for all of southeastern North Carolina.

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Firefighters respond to a house fire

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Heavy smoke showing at a home in Marsh Oaks.

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Power companies want to pay less for solar energy

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Progress Energy and its parent company, Duke Energy, want to slash what they pay solar generators for electricity by as much as 29 percent.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the companies are linking their request to the plummeting cost of natural gas. Progress Energy argues it’s overpaying for the green energy it’s required to buy under state law and passing on those inflated costs to customers.

Progress is seeking steeper payment cuts than Duke. The request comes as Progress Energy seeks a 14 percent rate increase for North Carolina residential customers.

Advocates of renewable energy say North Carolina’s solar industry already operates on very thin margins due to the impending loss of a subsidy, and the proposed cuts could bring the industry to a standstill.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Tornadoes a threat for SE NC today

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The StormTrack 3 Weather Team is tracking a powerful winter storm racing towards NC that could produce damaging winds and tornadoes across the area today. This has the potential to be a dangerous situation this afternoon.

The cold front that will spark these thunderstorms will approach the area by lunchtime, which will coincide with the best heating of the day – making it easier to form thunderstorms. When strong storms form, it will be easy for them to start to rotate and possibly form tornadoes.

The best window for severe storms will be between 11am-5pm. As mentioned, damaging winds as high as 75 mph will be possible in any thunderstorms, and isolated strong tornadoes are a threat – particularly away from the coast.


  • If a tornado threatens, it’s best to be is low to the ground away from windows. Locate an interior room on your home’s lowest floor. This often may be a bathroom or even a closet. Locate this and make sure your family knows where to go if a tornado warning is issued for your area. 


  • Make sure you have a way to receive warnings. The StormTrack 3 Weather Team has many ways to provide you with this potentially live saving information. 
  • Download the StormTrack 3 Mobile App for your smart phone. This receives warnings and can notify you in the event of a storm, even if the power is out. 
  • Follow WWAY and our meteorologists on Facebook (WWAY, Meteorologist Tim Buckley) and Twitter (@wway, @TimBuckleyWX) for constant storm updates
  • Stay with us on-air and online. If a tornado warning is in place, we will broadcast live and stream it on our website until the threat passes.

We’ll provide updates throughout the day until the storm passes. You can count on us!

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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Strong storms move into the Carolinas

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The storms system that brought tornadoes and severe weather to the Gulf coast states moves into the Carolinas today.

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