Hurricanes http://wunc.org en Hurricane Hazel: Do You Have Stories? Images? http://wunc.org/post/hurricane-hazel-do-you-have-stories-images <p>Sixty years ago, Connie Ledgett and her first husband, Jerry Helms, were honeymooning on Oak Island near Wilmington. They had no idea that 140 mile-per-hour winds and an 18-foot storm surge were headed in their direction. That storm was Hurricane Hazel and it would be the strongest category 4 hurricane ever seen in the state. It devastated a 35-mile stretch of the coast.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:13:13 +0000 Carol Jackson & Catherine Brand 34958 at http://wunc.org Hurricane Hazel: Do You Have Stories? Images? Have We Been Overestimating Flood Risk On The Outer Banks? http://wunc.org/post/have-we-been-overestimating-flood-risk-outer-banks <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It would be easy to look at the newest round of floodplain maps and think that we've been wrong about the Outer Banks all this time.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eric Mennel 33523 at http://wunc.org Have We Been Overestimating Flood Risk On The Outer Banks? Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted http://wunc.org/post/quiet-atlantic-hurricane-season-predicted <p></p><p>Preliminary forecasts predict a fairly quiet hurricane season along the Atlantic coast.&nbsp;</p><p>Researchers at Colorado State University expect nine named storms this year.&nbsp; They say three of those will likely become hurricanes.&nbsp; The average season produces about six hurricanes.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:22:46 +0000 Will Michaels 33613 at http://wunc.org Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App http://wunc.org/post/real-time-updates-road-conditions-launch-app <p>There's a new app for Iphone and Android that could help North Carolinians in this week's winter weather. It's called ReadyNC.</p><p>This app does not replace 9-1-1. Rather, it's a place to look for local weather or road conditions, or to find a local shelter if needed.&nbsp; The app is even designed to offer real-time flood conditions on local waterways.</p><p>The app launched not long ago, so this will be its first big test.</p><p>If you search for the app on iTunes or the Apple App Sotre, look for "ReadyNC" (No space.)</p><p>Links:</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 29120 at http://wunc.org For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App Hurricane Season Ends With A Whimper http://wunc.org/post/hurricane-season-ends-whimper <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Saturday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It turned out to be the quietest season since 1995, and it was first time in 19 years that no major storms formed in the Atlantic basin.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This came a surprise to forecasters.</span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26576 at http://wunc.org Hurricane Season Ends With A Whimper Mild Hurricane Season - So Far http://wunc.org/post/mild-hurricane-season-so-far <p>The 2013 Atlantic storm season has been milder than expected so far. Only eight named storms have formed by the season's midpoint.&nbsp; The latest -- <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/">Humberto </a>-- is the first hurricane to form.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:00:01 +0000 Gurnal Scott 22333 at http://wunc.org Mild Hurricane Season - So Far DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route http://wunc.org/post/dot-tests-new-ramps-emergency-ferry-route <p>In preparation for peak hurricane season, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has tested out two new ramps along its emergency ferry route. The ramps are located at Stumpy Point, on the mainland, and Rodanthe, on the Outer Banks, a route that would allow access to Hatteras Island if Highway 12 were damaged in a storm.</p><p>“We hope not to need these ramps anytime soon,” said NC Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon in a statement. “But if we do, the new ramps will provide the public safer and more reliable access to the emergency route that serves as a lifeline to Hatteras Island after a major storm.” Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:10:44 +0000 Laura Candler 21679 at http://wunc.org DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route Researchers Unveil New Program That May Predict Storm Landfall http://wunc.org/post/researchers-unveil-new-program-may-predict-storm-landfall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Weather forecasters may soon have a new tool that could predict a hurricane's landfall more accurately. Researchers at </span><a href="http://www.coastal.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Coastal Carolina University</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> say </span><a href="http://bcmw.coastal.edu/news/ccu-researchers-create-their-first-hurricane-outlook-2013-only-major-model-include-landfall-out" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Hurricane Genesis and Outlook -- or HUGO -- project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> uses climate factors and data from previous storm seasons to predict where a storm will hit up to five days in advance.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new model could mean more focused information when it comes to coastal evacuations.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:47:33 +0000 Gurnal Scott 20089 at http://wunc.org Researchers Unveil New Program That May Predict Storm Landfall New Study To Research Local Hurricane Evacuation Behaviors http://wunc.org/post/new-study-research-local-hurricane-evacuation-behaviors <p>A new survey will gather information about coastal residents' attitudes and behaviors regarding hurricane evacuations. For the next month, local and state emergency officials will be conducting phone interviews to find out how residents react to evacuations and how to better implement emergency practices, like transportation and sheltering decisions. The study is being conducted for North Carolina Emergency Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Avery Kleinman 18759 at http://wunc.org New Study To Research Local Hurricane Evacuation Behaviors UNC Computer System Lets The Coast Know When High Waters Are Coming http://wunc.org/post/unc-computer-system-lets-coast-know-when-high-waters-are-coming <p>Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are using storm surge data to give coastal communities a better idea of what they can expect during hurricanes.&nbsp;</p><p>The university's <a href="http://www.renci.org/">Renaissance Computing Institute, or RENCI</a>, has a network called the Surge Guidance System.&nbsp; It gathers intricate details of ocean activity to calculate where, how and when storm surge will affect certain areas.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 18771 at http://wunc.org UNC Computer System Lets The Coast Know When High Waters Are Coming