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5:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Chapel Hill Continues To Recover From Weekend Flooding

Flooding in Chapel Hill on Sunday
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Orange County continues to recover from weekend flooding, and officials are trying to secure relief funding for those displaced.

At a news conference today, Chapel Hill officials said close to 130 residences are unlivable due to water damage from weekend rain. It's unclear when, or if, people who lived in those units can go back home.

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7:24 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Chapel Hill, Durham Try To Absorb Record Rainfall

Several feet of flood waters trap cars on West Franklin St. in Chapel Hill Sunday afternoon.
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Residents of Orange and Durham counties are cleaning up after torrential rain led to flood waters several feet deep. 

Officials in Chapel Hill say rescuers evacuated at least 40 people Sunday from flooded homes and vehicles.  They were taken to a Red Cross shelter at Smith Middle School. 

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Environment
5:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Thunderstorms Continue, Bring Unusually High Amount Of Rain

Rain is predicted for most of North Carolina.
Credit screengrab, ABC News radar

Scattered storms are once again in the forecast for this afternoon. The pattern of late-day thundershowers each day is not so unusual, according to meteorologist Darrin Figursky from the National Weather Service in Raleigh. He says what has been a bit atypical is the amount of widespread rainfall we've gotten as a result of these storms.

"Now a lot of that was probably due to the remnants of Andrea at the beginning of the month, where on one day we got four to five inches," Figursky says.  "So for the month with that in mind, we're running three to four inches above normal for the month. We're only maybe an inch or an inch or an inch and a quarter of being in the top five wettest Junes of all time."

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8:03 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Power Out For Thousands As North Carolina Cleans Up From Storms

A satellite image of Thursday's storm as it advanced on North Carolina.
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Power was still out Friday morning for hundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina after severe storms. 

A fast-moving system swept across the state Thursday, knocking down trees and power lines.  Duke Energy Progress says nearly 60,000 people were without power Friday morning in Wake County.  Meteorologist Phil Badgett says damage reports came in quickly Thursday night.

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Environment
5:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

NC Pulls Out Of Drought

Until recently, North Carolina suffered extreme drought in much of the state.
Credit US Drought Monitor

Thanks to recent rainfalls associated with Tropical Storm Andrea, North Carolina is now out of drought or abnormally dry conditions for the first time in three years.

The persistent drought has wreaked havoc on agriculture, affecting apple crops in the western part of the state and corn in the east.

Now, thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea and other rain events this spring, the state is no longer suffering from even the mildest classification of drought condition – abnormally dry or “D-zero” - for the first time in the past three years.

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7:06 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Andrea Advances On NC, Dumps Heavy Rain

Tropical Storm Andrea as it moved over Florida and toward North Carolina.
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Heavy rain continues Friday morning as Tropical Storm Andrea moves toward North Carolina. 

Flash flood warnings were in effect in the Triangle while the coast remained under a tropical storm warning.  Tornado watches were also in effect for Rocky Mount, Wilson Goldsboro and the surrounding areas. 

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Weather
7:06 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Meteorologists Push Preparation Ahead Of Active Hurricane Season

Hurricane Ivan brought inland flooding to western and central North Carolina in 2004.
Credit NASA

Forecasters are urging North Carolinians to have an emergency plan for hurricanes before the season starts. 

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

18 Named Storms Predicted This Hurricane Season

An image of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Credit NASA

Early forecasts predict an active hurricane season along the Atlantic coast. 

Researchers at Colorado State University expect 18 named storms this year.  They say four of those will likely be major storms at Category 3 or higher. 

William Gray, a professor emeritus in Colorado State's atmospheric science department, says this winter's ocean currents follow trends that lead to active storm activity in the tropics.

"This circulation has been especially strong," Gray says.

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Weather
4:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

American Red Cross Launches Free Tornado App

2010 tornado in Iredell County, NC
Credit England / Flickr

A new tornado app from the American Red Cross is out this week. Available in both English and Spanish, it gives users instant access to local, real-time information on severe weather alerts and warnings. Barry Porter from Triangle Red Cross says it's linked directly to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Weather
7:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off With Signs Of Wintry Mix

The National Weather Service in Raleigh says much of central and western North Carolina are under a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday.
Credit National Weather Service / noaa.gov

Snow in the forecast Wednesday is a reminder that bad weather can hit North Carolina at any time.  This is severe weather awareness week across the state and officials are urging the public to be prepared.  Meteorologist Nick Petro says a statewide tornado drill will take place Wednesday morning.

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