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Bladen County under tropical storm, flash flood watches

Bladen County has been placed under a tropical storm watch and flash flood watch through late Thursday night by the National Weather Service because of expected heavy rainfall from Hurricane Michael. Michael is expected to move across the region as a tropical storm Thursday and into Thursday night. Tropical storm force winds are possible, says the National Weather Service. Based on Michael’s current track, tropical storm winds are most likely to arrive by early Thursday afternoon in southeastern North Carolina. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Michael was about 710 miles southwest of Wilmington with winds reaching 125 miles per hour. The storm is moving north and 12 mph. Michael is …..

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Hurricane Florence Turns Local Teacher into Hero

Tom Tarrant, a middle school EC teacher at Columbus Charter School, became one of many local heroes during Hurricane Florence. Pedaling back and forth on his bicycle, Tom delivered medical supplies to neighbors who were stranded by high water. He also volunteered with The Red Cross during and after the storm. “This was my first hurricane, and it was a powerful experience. I stayed in town for the storm and helped my neighbors as I could,” stated Tom. He continued, “I picked up people’s prescriptions on my bike – mainly for those that were older and had no cars. I also picked up diapers and other small items for those …..

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Hurricane Michael to bring rain to hard hit Bladen County

Hurricane Michael is forecast to make landfall along the Florida panhandle this week and make its way northward into the Carolinas by Thursday into Friday. The National Weather Service Office is forecasting southeastern North Carolina will receive between 2 to 4 inches of rainfall, tropical storm force wind gusts and a slight possibility of severe thunderstorms. There is also a slight risk for tropical storm force wind gusts which could topple trees already weakened by Hurricane Florence, according to the National Weather Service.   Share:

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Tropical system could be headed this way

While Bladen County is still reeling form the effects of Hurricane Florence another storm, Hurricane Michael has now formed in the Gulf of Mexico. While the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington says it is still too early to tell specific impacts the storm may have, residents with roof damage are encouraged to prepare for rainfall beginning overnight Wednesday and continuing into Friday. Southeastern North Carolina could potentially see rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches.   Share:

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Cape Fear River locks expected to drop below flood stage

The Cape Fear River is expected to drop below flood stage by Tuesday night at the three locks in Bladen County, according to the National Weather Service. Rain last week from Hurricane Florence caused severe flooding along the Cape Fear River. The National Weather Service reported that Elizabethtown received almost 36 inches of rain from the slow-moving storm. The W.O. Huske Lock near the Bladen County-Cumberland County line is expected to drop below flood stage Monday night. It measured 52.48 feet at 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 42 feet. Lock No. 2 at Elizabethtown is expected to drop below flood stage Tuesday. It …..

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Gov. Cooper announes I-95 through North Carolina open

RALEIGH – Interstate 95 through North Carolina is now reopened to all traffic, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Sunday night. Floodwaters that covered the interstate following Hurricane Florence receded quicker than expected, allowing the N.C. Department of Transportation to complete the inspections and repairs needed to reopen the road, Cooper said. “I-95 is a major artery for North Carolina and the entire East Coast that’s essential for commerce,” Cooper said. “Our state DOT crews and engineers have worked around the clock to get this critical interstate open ahead of schedule and reduce traffic in areas still needed for critical life-saving missions.” Engineers began inspecting the road as soon as the flood …..

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Bladen County receives nearly three feet of rain from Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Florida is estimating the Bladen County has received more than three feet of rain since Thursday. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018, the doppler radar has measured 29.05 inches of rainfall in Elizabethtown. Communities throughout Bladen County are dealing with issues with flooding. Downtown Bladenboro, Clarkton and Elizabethtown all reported flooding issues during the storm. At least 56 rescues were reported in Bladenboro and still other rescues were reported in Clarkton and Elizabethtown. The Cape Fear River is forecast to crest at major flood stage on Tuesday. Mandatory evacuations have been order for those who reside along the river in Kelly …..

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Power Crews are assessing damages, no estimated restoration times yet

Some progress has been made in restoring power to Bladen County. On Saturday evening, Duke Energy reported they had restored power to 637,000 customers out of an estimated 1.1 million. In Bladen County, more than 1,500 customers remained without power. The company estimated 427,000 customers remain without power and stated that crews are working on damage assessments as the storm moves out of North Carolina and conditions are safe to work. The company did not yet have an estimated restoration time. Four County Electric was also making progress restoring power. On Saturday, Four County Electric reported 28,000 customers were without power in North Carolina. According to Four County, crews have …..

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Cape Fear River Expected to Flood Sunday

By Erin Smith The Cape Fear River has begun to rise and is expected to reach flood levels as high as Hurricane Matthew, according to the National Weather Service. Bladen County has received between 12 to 15 inches of rain as of Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. More rain is forecast for the coming days. Bladen County Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents who live along the Cape Fear River and along Burney Road, River Road and Tar Heel Ferry Road in White Oak due to the flooding. Many neighborhoods across the county are feeling the affects of Hurricane Florence. The Cape Fear River …..

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Tactical Rescue Teams ready to help

By Erin Smith On Saturday morning the White Lake Fire Department was a hub of activity as they removed downed trees from roads, checked on residents, and surveyed storm damage. The firemen also had another crew with them from Murphy, which is a small town that borders Tennessee and Georgia. Jonathan King, with the Murphy Rural Tribal Team, said they have a four man crew trained in tactical rescue and they are here to assist Bladen County’s residents and others who may need them. Other units who are stationed throughout the county and ready to assist include Cherokee Tribal Fire Department, Fairview Fire Department in Buncombe County, the Gastonia Fire …..

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Patrol car drives into standing water

By Erin Smith A Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy drove into standing water near Clarkton on Saturday evening and his vehicle stalled out on NC 211. “He drove into some standing water and the car flooded,” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. A wrecker was called to assist the deputy, according to Guyton and the deputy is reported to be fine. Emergency Management officials are asking residents to stay off the roadways unless it is an emergency. Share:

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Bladen County issues mandatory evacuation order for residents along Cape Fear River

Bladen County Emergency Management Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents who reside along the Cape Fear River and along Burney Road, River Road, and Tar Heel Ferry Road. Flooding is expected to be near or possibly higher than Hurricane Matthew levels. Residents are encouraged to move further inland if at all possible. The closest Bladen County shelter will be West Bladen High School ocated at 1600 NC-410, Bladenboro, NC 28320 Stay tuned to your local  and social media for updates. Bladen County Emergency Operations number is 910-862-7813. For Emergency Shelter questions call 910-862-7809 or 910-862-7810. Share:

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Hurricane Florence Pounding Bladen, Roads Still Good

By Erin Smith Hurricane Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 storm; however, residents are advised not to let their guard down as catastrophic flooding and wind damage are forecast for Friday. Bladen County was issued a flash flood warning early Friday morning and remains under a Hurricane Warning. Predictions for copious amounts of rain in Bladen County could lead to major river flooding, as well as flash flooding in the county. Andrew Barksdale, a spokesman for the NC Department of Transportation reported that Division 6 which includes Bladen, Columbus and Robeson Counties, is experiencing tropical storm force winds. Barksdale also reported that as …..

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Bladen County implements curfew with slow moving storm

Bladen County has implemented a daily curfew beginning Thursday, September 13, 2018,  from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. until further notice, according to Bladen County Emergency Management. With the slow moving Hurricane Florence, the National Weather Service is forecasting Bladen County to receive between 18 to 20 inches of rainfall during the storm. This can lead to flooding of low-lying areas and along rivers. Emergency Officials are encouraging residents who reside in low-lying and flood prone areas to evacuate. “This is an extremely dangerous situation. Flash Flooding is likely and the potential for loss of life and property is very high,” said Steven Pfaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather …..

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Support Crews and Utility Workers Staging and Ready to Go in Bladen County

By Erin Smith Long before Hurricane Florence arrived at the Carolina coastline, help was already pouring into North Carolina from all over the United States. On Thursday morning, a 40-man USAR team arrived in the county from Vermont. Swift Water Rescue crews were arriving at the Bladen County Training Center in White Lake on Thursday morning, and are ready to help residents during Hurricane Florence. NC National Guard Units from throughout North Carolina were at the National Guard Armory located on Swanzy Street in Elizabethtown and were preparing to depart to their assigned locations for the storm. Sgt. Brophy said they are here to help protect lives and property and …..

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Elizabethtown Council Receives Briefing on Storm; Institutes Curfew

By Erin Smith Elizabethtown Town Manager, Eddie Madden, briefed town staff on Thursday morning regarding the latest on Hurricane Florence. The town council voted to implement a curfew during the storm. Madden said that as of Thursday morning, the storm has turned to the north. “The current storm track will bring the storm directly over Bladen County, specifically, the eyewall,” said Madden. He added that in addition to the wind, Bladen County could see 15 inches, and in some locations, as much as 30 inches of rainfall. “Swift water (rescue) teams are already being mobilized across the county. Evacuations will be issued later today. Flooding will take place especially in …..

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Hurricane warning issued for Bladen County

A hurricane warning has been issued for Bladen County as of 5 a.m. Thursday morning. A hurricane warning means hurricane-force winds are expected in the area over the next 36 hours, according to the National Weather Service. While Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane, residents are urged to remain vigilant and to heed Emergency Management officials. “Florence is now a Category 2, but we can’t let our guard down as the Surge and Flood Risk are still life threatening to our area,” said Reid Hawkins, a National Weather Service meteorologist, in an overnight briefing. Bladen County could potentially see winds in excess of 100 mph and …..

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Bladen County preparing for Hurricane Florence

By Erin Smith Residents of Bladen County are busy today (Wednesday) making final preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The Category 4 Major Hurricane is taking aim at the Carolina coast while an exact landfall location is still unknown, the storm has taken a slightly southward turn. Homeowners and businesses across Bladen County were busy boarding up windows and taking necessary precautions against wind damage and possible flooding. Boarding up windows helps to protect them from damage due to flying debris in the storm. Many folks have also been busy stocking up on generators and water. For those who are still needing to board up windows or purchase a …..

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Hurricane Florence poised for Carolina coast strike

While an exact location for landfall is still unknown, forecasters do agree powerful Hurricane Florence is projected to strike the Carolina coastline on Thursday. Forecasters warn there will be catastrophic damage due to the storm. “Florence is shaping up to be a potentially significant multi-hazard threat from dangerous maritime conditions, storm storm surge, wind, and flood impacts,” said Steven Pfaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 Major Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and is located 575 miles southeast of Cape Fear. The storm is moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. There is also …..

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Gov. Cooper Orders Evacuation Ahead of Historic, Life-threatening Hurricane

State Evacuation Ordered for Vulnerable Coastal Areas Read Executive Order Here With powerful and dangerous Hurricane Florence zeroing in on North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas. The state order is in addition to local evacuation orders already in place in most coastal communities. The storm is expected to make landfall in eastern North Carolina with strong winds, high storm surge and heavy rains arriving on Thursday. The entire state should brace for impacts from Florence, and people asked to evacuate should get out now. “The waves and wind in this storm may be like nothing you have ever seen,” Gov. Cooper said. …..

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Hurricane Florence still taking aim for North Carolina coast

By Erin Smith Residents along the Southeastern Coast of the United States should be in the final stages of preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence on Thursday. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Bladen County on Tuesday morning. All residents are strongly encouraged to take this storm seriously, said Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden. Meteorologist Steven Pfaff, with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said in a conference call briefing on the storm on Tuesday morning there has been very little change in the forecast track of Hurricane Florence.  “I strongly encourage the public to heed their Emergency Management officials,” said Pfaff. Pfaff said the storm is …..

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Update: Closings, delays and cancellations due to Hurricane Florence

Update 3 : Several organizations, event organizers and schools have announced closings and delays due to Hurricane Florence. Below is the current list of closings and cancellations as of  Tuesday morning. In order to ensure the safety of staff, all branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Thursday, September 13- Saturday, September 15. The libraries do not have Sunday hours. READ MORE In order to ensure the safety of employees and staff, the County of Bladen has made the decision to close county offices on Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, 2018. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold classes on Wednesday and will be closed on …..

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Hurricane Watch issued for Bladen County

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for Bladen County. A Hurricane Watch means hurricane-force winds are possible somewhere within the watch area within the next 48 hours, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. Hurricane Florence is Category 4 Major Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and is now located 975 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear.   Read the latest forecast briefing here. Share:

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Bladen County declares State of Emergency, residents should finish preparations

By Erin Smith Bladen County officials have declared a State of Emergency on Monday morning ahead of Hurricane Florence. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said Bladen County residents need to complete their storm preparations. The State of Emergency allows for the “execution of the Emergency Operation Plan” and everyone is asked to comply with any instructions they receive from Bladen County Emergency Management officials. “Folks in Bladen County need to take this storm very seriously,” said Kinlaw. As of the 11 a.m. forecast, Hurricane Florence is now a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 115 miles per hour and was located 580 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. The …..

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Florence threat increased; 5 tips to prepare for hurricane

By Charlotte Smith Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service sent out the latest outlook for Florence this evening. Florence started as a Tropical Storm but has strengthened to a category one hurricane as on Sunday. Pfaff’s briefing warns Florence has gained some strength. There is a need to begin ramping-up initial protective measures. His outlook states, “Hurricane Florence will continue to strengthen as it approaches the Southeast U.S. coast later in the week. While it remains too early to determine which area will receive direct impacts along the Southeast U.S. coast, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Florence can make landfall as …..

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Continued increase risk for Southeast Coast; Bladen County prepare

Sunday morning Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service has increase risk of Florence hitting the Southeast Coast. Bladen County Emergency Services posted on their Facebook page stating, “Our office is Closely monitoring Florence. We will provide updates as quick as we receive them in the days to come. Please prepare for this storm!” View the full report: Sept_9_Florence_0700_Brief (1) Share:

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Increased risk for Southeast Coast announced

By: Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service The risk for direct impacts along the U.S. Southeast Coast has increased during the upcoming week. However, a lot of uncertainty remains regarding the eventual track. All interests are strongly encouraged to closely follow this potentially dangerous weather situation.  The latest Florence Impacts Outlook states the following three points: – It remains too early to determine if Florence will directly impact the Carolinas at this time, and to what extent. However, the risk of direct impacts continues to increase along portions of the U.S. East Coast this upcoming week. – Regardless of the eventual track there is high confidence that large swells will affect …..

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Rip currents forecast to develop, residents encouraged to monitor Tropical Storm Florence

Forecasters with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington are warning beach goers to be aware of the possibility of rip currents developing this weekend. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Bacon, Tropical Storm Florence is still churning in a west-northwest direction and is expected to continue that movement through the next few days. Residents in North and South Carolina are encouraged to continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Florence.   Share:

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Keeping an Eye on Hurricane Florence

The National Weather Service is encouraging residents of North Carolina and South Carolina to keep a watchful eye on Hurricane Florence. Steven Pfaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said rough surf and rip currents will develop this weekend. “It is way too early to discuss specific impacts given the track uncertainty next week,” said Pfaff. Share:

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Thunderstorms in the forecast for weekend

Thunderstorms are in the weekend forecast through Monday. The forecast calls for highs to reach into the lower 90s Saturday and Sunday with a chance of thunderstorms both days. The National Weather Service office is also monitoring a disturbance in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Share:

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Wet weather to continue through the week

 Expect the wet weather to continue through most of the week according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Richard Neuherz. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents at the beaches in North and South Carolina.  Read the entire forecast here. Share:

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Final Update on Tropical Storm Chris

Meteorologist Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington has issued the final update on Tropical Storm Chris. The storm was located in a very weak area for steering and is expected to remain off the North Carolina through Monday. There are no impacts expected for Bladen County but marine interests should monitor the storm as it pulls away from the coast over the next several days. Share:

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Tropical Depression number 3 strengthened

Tropical Depression number 3 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Chris with the latest NHC advisory. Other than some maritime issues little to no impacts are expected across northeast SC or southeast NC. Marine impacts include strong longshore currents for east facing beaches, elevated risk of rip currents, and rough surf. In addition, a Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the adjacent Cape Fear water with steep waves possible. July_8_2018_Chris_morning Share:

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Tropical Depression to meander off the NC coast

TD#3 will continue to meander off the NC coast. Mainly marine impacts are expected from this system – including strong north to south longshore currents along the east facing beaches, plus an elevated risk for strong rip currents through the remainder of the weekend and early next week. Read the full report by clicking here. Share:

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Newly developed Tropical Depression expected at coast

By Steven Pfaff – NOAA Federal Newly developed Tropical Depression #3, about 265 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear NC, continues to become better organized. The tropical depression is expected to drift toward the NC coast this weekend, and will likely meander just offshore through the first half of next week. The depression could become a Tropical Storm during Saturday. Mainly maritime impacts are expected at this time including: rough surf, strong rip currents, and steep waves at inlet entrances. Otherwise, no direct impacts from the tropical disturbance are anticipated through Mon. All interests, especially along the coast, should continue to monitor the progress of this system over the next several days. …..

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Vaisala’s New Platforms to Provide Companies with Historical Lightning Data

Lightning IntegratorTM and Lightning ExporterTM will offer recent lightning event data impacting employee safety and productivity. Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, including comprehensive lightning data, today announced the launch of Lightning Integrator and Lightning Exporter, new platforms used to access historical lightning data to support companies with regulatory compliance and legal reporting requirements. The subscription-based products utilize historical lightning data from Vaisala’s National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) and – for the first time – historical data from Vaisala’s Global Lightning Dataset, GLD360. The Lightning Integrator is an application program interface (API) that allows companies and governments to ingest lightning data straight into their systems, so users can quickly gain access …..

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Bladen County under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.  This watch also includes all coastal waters. Clusters/lines of storms producing damaging winds are the most likely threat, said Joshua Weiss, with the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms. Share:

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Heat Advisory issued for Bladen County for second day

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 20th). Heat index values are expected to reach 108 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to reach 96 degrees with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. If you work outdoors, wear light colored clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks in shaded areas or air conditioned rooms. Make sure livestock and pets have access to shade and fresh drinking water. Share:

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Heat Advisory in effect for Bladen County

By Erin Smith The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Heat index values are expected to reach between 105 to 108 degrees, according to Meteorologist Joshua Weiss. Temperatures are forecast to reach 98 degrees with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. According to the National Weather Service office, “A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.” If you have outdoor activities planned or if you work outside drink plenty of water and take frequent …..

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Heat indexes to climb above 100 this week

Erin Smith The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington is forecasting hot temperatures for the week ahead. Meteorologist Stephen Keebler said there may be a need for heat advisories to be issued later this week. Temperatures are forecast to climb to the upper 90s each day with heat indexes reaching between 100 and 104 degrees daily. Keebler says thunderstorm chances will increase each day throughout the week. Those who work outdoors are encouraged to wear light colored clothing, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water, according to the National Weather Service Office. Share:

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Weekly Weather Briefing Includes Flood Watch

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias Flash Flood Watch in effect until Tuesday morning.Tropical moisture streaming north into the forecast area producing periods of heavy rain through at least Tuesday. Isolated gusts to 45 mph in heavier showers or isolated thunderstorms. For marine interests, Small Craft Advisory in effect through Tuesday. Coastal Flooding possible during times of high tide. Rivers will rise through mid week, with minor flooding possible. Showers will become less widespread on Wednesday, but locally heavy rainfall is still possible. Should see increasing sunshine Friday with lower chance of showers. Briefing_28May2018 Share:

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Heavy rain expected in Bladen on Memorial Day

Better move that Memorial Day cookout indoors. The day set aside to remember military members who gave their life in defense of the United States figures to be a soaker. A flash flood watch has been issued through 6 p.m. Monday for Bladen County by the National Weather Service as more than two inches of rain is forecast. Some areas may receive more rain Monday. It’s due to Tropical Storm Alberto as it works its way toward the Gulf Coast on Monday. The increasing tropical plume of moisture is expected to stream into coastal North and South Carolina, the National Weather Service says. The storm is expected to produce periods …..

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Humid Weekend, Storms on Tap for Monday

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias Warm and humid weather will continue through the weekend with isolated to scattered showers or thunderstorms through Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread late Sunday into Memorial Day. The risk for flooding will increase late in the holiday weekend. Rip current risk is moderate along the Cape Fear coast today but will most likely extend down along portions of the South Carolina coast later this weekend. Increasing southerly winds will push seas up late in the holiday weekend. Weekend_Briefing_5_25_2018 Share:

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Muggy Week Ahead, with Highs in the Low 80’s

By Richard Neuherz, Meteorologist, NOAA After today, deep tropical moisture will remain in place for much of the week. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are on tap today, then scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through Sunday. The wettest period of the week will be Wednesday into Thursday when a cold front drops in from the north and interacts with the warm, humid air mass in place. Maximum temperatures in the low to mid 80s are expected all week with low temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Moderate risk of rip currents today at all beaches except those in Georgetown County. Weekly_Briefing_5_21_2018 Share:

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Unsettled, Stormy Weekend Ahead

By Joshua Weiss, Meteorologist NOAA Tropical moisture will continue to stream into the Carolinas this weekend around a high pressure offshore. This will maintain humid and unsettled conditions. The heaviest rainfall is expected Saturday along the coast, but all locations will likely see showers and thunderstorms. Somewhat lesser coverage and intensity is possible Sunday. WeekendBriefing_51818 Share:

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National Hurricane Center makes important changes to forecasts

By Erin Smith The National Hurricane Center is predicting an active Atlantic Hurricane Season for 2018 as well as implementing some changes to improve their forecasts. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared May 13-19 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.  Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends on November 30th. Gov. Cooper encourages everyone to take steps to prepare themselves and their property for hurricane season. Some things you can do now is to prepare an emergency supply kit and to secure all important papers such as insurance papers, identification, and deeds to help in identifying you as the rightful property owner after the storm.  During a storm it is also important that you stay abreast …..

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National Weather Service

Stormy Week Ahead

By Stephen Keebler, Meteorologist, NOAA Tropical moisture will increase today and Tuesday and prevail across the region through the remainder of the week. Showers and a few thunderstorms can be expected starting Tuesday and continuing on and off through the week.  Some localized flooding is possible with any heavier activity but overall impacts will be minimal. Some areas could see 2-4 inches of rain as shown by the image below through the next five days. WeeklyBriefingMay142018 Share:

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Hot Weekend Ahead with Temps in the 90’s

By Douglas Hoehler, Meteorologist NOAA No significant weather impacts expected. Expect daily highs today thru Sunday in the 90s, except holding in the 80s at the immediate coast. Daily afternoon and early evening relative humidity values will slowly increase each consecutive day this weekend. Initially the higher RH will occur along the immediate Carolina Coasts, spreading further inland each consecutive day with the aid of an active daily sea breeze. An isolated shower or even a thunderstorm remains possible along the sea breeze. WeekendBriefing_5_11_to _13_2018 Share:

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Weekly Weather Outlook

By Robert Digiorgi, Meteorologist, NOAA  Summer is finally here, according to meteorologist Robert Digiorgi. Spotty light showers today through Tuesday then precipitation free Wednesday and Thursday. A shower or thunderstorm is possible along the seabreeze on Friday. Near seasonable temperatures early week with temperatures warming thereafter. Weekly_Briefing_5_7_2018 Share:

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June-like Temperatures This Weekend, A Few Storms on Sunday

By Michael Colby, Meteorologist, NOAA Bermuda high pressure will hang on to the coast through early Saturday, before slipping offshore ahead of an approaching low pressure system from the west. This system, combined with tropical moisture streaming from the Bahamas, and western Caribbean, will bring showers and a few thunderstorms Saturday night through Sunday. Cooler Canadian high pressure will push into the area early next week, knocking daytime temperatures back down into the 70s. READ MORE: WeekendBriefing_050418mjc Share:

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Weekly Weather Briefing

By Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist, NOAA High pressure will build across the Carolinas Today and Tuesday, moving offshore Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures today and tonight will remain below normal, but highs should soar into the 80s away from the beaches for the remainder of the week, giving us an early taste of summer. Weekly_Briefing_4_30_2018   Share:

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Weekend Weather Briefing

By Steven Pfaff, Meteorologist, NOAA Low pressure will move farther away from the area today, as another cold front approaches from the west. The cold front is expected to move through with little to no chance of rain Saturday night and will bring cooler weather to the area during Sunday. WeekendBriefing_4_27_2018   Share:

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Sunny but cool weekend weather

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias, Meteorologist NWS This weekend’s weather will be full of sun, but cooler than normal. High Pressure will migrate from the Upper Midwest to New England through the weekend. This will maintain a cool flow shifting from the north to the east. Temperatures will, therefore, run unseasonably cool with plenty of April sunshine through much of the weekend. Clouds will increase through late Sunday with the approach of the next rain maker arriving after the weekend.         Share:

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Sunny Saturday Before Stormy Sunday

By Robert Digiorgi, NOAA Warm and pleasant through Saturday. Then breezy with showers and thunderstorms developing Sunday. Thunderstorms late day Sunday and Sunday night will have the potential to produce severe weather. Weekend_Brief_April_13-15 Share:

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Thunderstorms Forecast for the Weekend

By Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist, NWS The weekend weather outlook features the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms on Saturday, and temperatures approaching the freezing mark across some areas of southeastern North Carolina Sunday morning. Share:

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Frost Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith The National Weather Service office in Wilmington has issued a frost advisory for Bladen County for Tuesday, March 27, from 4 a.m. until 10 a.m. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the mid to low 30s overnight. Frost can be harmful to new vegetation, according to the National Weather Service. Share:

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National Weather Service issues Freeze Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Bladen County from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Friday. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the low 30s overnight Thursday into Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. You are encouraged to take necessary precautions to protect plants and vegetation. Share:

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A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for Northeast South Carolina

An Increased Fire Danger Statement is in effect today for Southeast North Carolina.  This statement may be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning after collaboration with North Carolina Forestry later this morning. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact the National Weather Service. Read the full alert here    Share:

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Freezing warning in effect overnight, chances of snow accumulation low

By Tim Armstrong, National Weather Service Meteorologist The chances of measurable snow remain low this evening and are focused mainly across Southeastern North Carolina.  Some snow and sleet has already been reported from Robeson and Bladen counties in North Carolina, with no accumulation. Several nights of freezing temperatures this week will probably be the bigger story for those with agricultural interests, and a freeze warning has been issued for all but the immediate coast. Share:

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Mix of rain, snow possible Monday night

There is the possibility of a mix of rain and snow late Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected throughout Monday which may change to a mixture with snow after 11 p.m. before gradually ending early Tuesday morning, according to the forecast. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. The high temperature Monday is forecast to be 49 degrees with wins out of the northeast at 10 mph. It’s expected to become cloudy Monday night ahead of the possible mix of snow and rain. The low will be around 30. Share:

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Freeze warning in effect overnight in Bladen

By Erin Smith A freeze warning is in effect for Bladen County beginning at 1 a.m. and ending at 8 a.m. Friday.  Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing in most locations including Bladen County. According to the National Weather Service office, the overnight low for Thursday is forecast to reach 29 degrees in Bladen County. These temperatures can kill crops and other tender vegetation. Share:

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Students throughout North Carolina to take part in statewide tornado drill

Students throughout North Carolina will take part in a Statewide Tornado Drill as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The annual statewide tornado drill is part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 4-10. The drill is conducted in cooperation with the National Weather Service, local broadcasters, local school systems and North Carolina Emergency Management. At 9:30 a.m., all NOAA Weather Radio stations, along with local broadcast stations, will use the Emergency Alert System to transmit the tornado drill message. The drill gives North Carolina schools and businesses an opportunity to test their preparedness and action plans for a severe weather Severe weather statistics from National Weather Service: *Number of tornado warnings issued …..

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Weekend weather briefing for Bladen County

Prepared by: Josh Weiss, Meteorologist A back door type cold front will drop across the area late tonight into early Saturday. This will bring much cooler temperatures Saturday along with small chances for showers and significant cloud cover. This front will waver in the vicinity before pushing offshore Saturday night. Seasonable and dry conditions are expected Sunday. View the full report: WeekendBriefing_Feb17_18 Share:

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Doppler radar in Shallotte to be down for service

 The National Weather Service office in Wilmington said the Doppler radar in Shallotte (KLTX) will be down for an upgrade Wednesday, February 14th. A team will be installing a Beta-test build which includes four other radar sites from around the country. The outage is expected to take the entire day to complete, according to Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service. The upgrade includes some new features including: *two new surveillance strategies (VCPs 35 & 215) *control of the radar through all of the office’s workstations (versus one platform) *addition of model data to the data stream (helps with algorithms that are run from the base data) *a new data …..

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Rainy weekend on tap

Bladen County may be in for a rainy weekend this weekend. The forecast calls for warmer temperatures and rain starting later this afternoon (Friday) and continuing through Monday morning. Share:

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Tsunami alert false alarm

By Erin Smith A Tsunami alert issued for the East Coast of the United States was sent in error, according to the National Weather Service. “There was a Tsunami test today. Apparently this affected the entire east coast,” said Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. The alert was sent out during a Tsunami test which was being performed and residents along the East Coast and Gulf Coast received alerts at 9:30 a.m. Shortly after the first message was sent out in error, AccuWeather issued the following tweet:   The National Weather Service has issued the following statement regarding the incident: “National Weather Service Headquarters is trying …..

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A winter weather advisory has been issued for Bladen County beginning at 4 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington forecasts Bladen County to receive up to one inch of snow accumulation. Roads may become slippery as snow packs onto roadways, according to the National Weather Service. A rain snow mix is expected to begin by afternoon and change over to all snow by late afternoon to early evening. Read the latest forecast here. Share:

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Snow may be a possibility for some areas on Wednesday

  By Erin Smith Some parts of our area could see potential snowfall on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. The projection is for Bladen county to see less than one inch of snow accumulation by nightfall on Wednesday. The forecast calls for rain beginning in the early morning and changing over to snow by mid-morning. Travel impacts are expected mainly on bridges and overpasses and elevated surfaces. To read the entire forecast, click here. https://bladenonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Jan_17_Winter-Weather-Event_1.pdf Share:

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Bladen County warming up

The National Weather Service issued this week’s weather briefing. The report says there will be accelerated snowmelt is expected, as temperatures rise to around 50 today and 60 on Tuesday. The mid-week will bring high pressure holding temperatures in the mid 60’s. Friday afternoon temperature is expected to climb into the 70’s. View the full report: Monday January 8, 2018 weather briefing Share:

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Southeastern Hospice volunteer training set

Southeastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 6 – 27, from 9:30 am to noon at Southeastern Hospice House, located at 1100 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. Volunteers must consent to a background check (paid for by the agency) as well as a TB skin test and flu vaccination (also provided by the agency). Each volunteer session is designed to increase awareness of issues important to the care of dying patients and their families, including hospice philosophy, …..

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Wind Chill Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A wind chill advisory is in effect for Bladen County from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m. today (Saturday). Wind chill values are expected to reach into the single digits. According to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, the lowest wind chill values are expected to occur within one to two hours after sunrise. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if adequate precautions are not taken. If you must be outdoors, wear a warm coat, hat, and gloves.   Share:

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Weather briefing for the weekend

Arctic high pressure will continue to build down into the Carolinas this weekend with near record cold and dangerously low wind chills. Temperatures will be in the teens to single digits early Saturday and Sunday morning as wind chills fall near zero Sunday morning. The impacts of the weather are prolonged exposure with temperatures below 5 degrees could lead to frost bite or hypothermia. Exposed pipes are susceptible to freezing. Roadways could remain slick all weekend as temperatures may not reach above freezing for more than a couple of hours each day. View the full report at: Weekend Briefing_Jan5-7 Share:

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Winter Storm Warning through 6 AM Thu

By: Mark Bacon, Meteorologist National Weather Service Wilmington, NC Hazardous Weather Outlook for: Robeson-Bladen-Columbus-Inland Pender-Inland New Hanover-Inland Brunswick-Dillon-Florence-Marion WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM EST THURSDAY There will be heavy mixed precipitation expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth are expected. There also may be strong winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 to 30 mph, highest along the coast, may down weak trees and result in isolated power outages as ice begins to build on exposed surfaces. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of …..

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Winter Storm Watch issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Bladen County beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 6 a.m. Thursday morning. According to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, wind chills are expected to dip to 10 above zero to 5 above zero overnight Tuesday. Heavy mixed precipitation is expected to develop across the area of northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. Total snow accumulations are predicted to reach between one to three inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze are also forecast. A Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for snow, sleet or ice accumulations that potentially can …..

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Winter Storm predicted for Wednesday

There is an increasing confidence in a winter storm producing accumulating snow and sleet across the eastern Carolinas. Wintry precipitation is expected to develop late Wednesday morning, and persist through Wednesday night. Accumulating snow of 1-3” is possible on all surfaces, some sleet is possible as well. This will likely create hazardous travel Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. There remains considerable uncertainty into snow amounts as some mixing is likely, and the track of the low pressure could waver. Forecast updates will create changes to accumulations, both in amounts and location. The next winter storm briefing will be issued by 10 AM Tuesday. View the full storm report: Winter_Storm Share:

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Weather briefing for the week

By: Joshua Weiss, National Weather Service — Wilmington, NC The National Weather Service released the weekly weather briefing. There is a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for the entire area through Tuesday morning. Wind chills will fall to between 0 and 5 degrees according to the report. There will be another wind chill advisory is possible Thursday night. View the full report: Weekly_briefing_1118 Share:

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Temps drop in Garland

Brrrrr it’s cold By Erin Smith The fountain in downtown Garland resembles an ice sculpture as it glistens in the early morning sun on Saturday. Temperatures plunged below freezing overnight and are expected to remain well below normal through next week. Share:

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Bladen County from 1 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27th. Freezing rain is expected to begin overnight and continue into Wednesday morning. Trace amounts of ice are expected to accumulate on elevated surfaces such as bridges, overpasses, vegetation, and signs. Some portions of Bladen County could see as much as one-tenth of an inch of ice. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling Wednesday morning. Even small amounts of accumulating ice could make roads dangerous, according to the National Weather Service. For the latest road information you can go to NC Department of Transportation’s Travel …..

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Freezing rain for Bladen County

 By: Joshua Weiss National Weather Service — Wilmington, NC Fire Weather Program Manager CoCoRaHS Regional Coordinator As light rain develops overnight (after midnight), surface temperatures will still be below freezing in a few northern communities across Marlboro, Robeson, Bladen, and Pender counties. Confidence in amounts remains low, so no winter weather advisory was issued yet, and this will be addressed by the incoming day shift, but the potential exists for a few hundredths of an inch of freezing rain late tonight into Wednesday morning. With soil temperatures still near 50, accretion would likely be limited to bridges/overpasses, sidewalks, and other elevated surfaces.  Here’s the latest weekly weather outlook, a potential for freezing rain is on …..

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NOAA’s GOES-16, now at GOES-East, ready to improve forecasts even more

New satellite proved vital for forecasters, emergency managers during 2017’s active hurricane season December 18, 2017Now in its new GOES-East position, the advanced GOES-16 satellite has officially joined NOAA’s operational observation network, providing forecasters with sharper, more defined images of severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires and other weather hazards in near real-time 24/7. “The GOES-16 satellite provided invaluable data on deadly hurricanes long before they touched the shore this season,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “As it becomes fully operational, GOES-16 will continue to monitor extreme weather events, safeguarding American lives and property from its perch thousands of miles above the Earth.” Since its launch in November 2016, NOAA’s GOES-16, …..

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Strong cold front expected to trigger severe weather tonight

By Erin Smith A strong cold front could produce strong thunderstorms and damaging winds as it moves across the area later this evening, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “Scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected. Locally damaging winds and an isolated tornado are possible,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Josh Weiss.   Share:

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Autumn Weather Arrives This Weekend

A dry high pressure system this weekend will bring seasonally cooler  temperatures to Bladen County Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures for Saturday will be in the upper 70s and Sunday will be a couple of degrees cooler. Nights will have lows in the 50s. Share:

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All Eyes on Hurricane Maria

All eyes are turning towards the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Maria, now a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, churns it way northward.  The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington is encouraging residents from Cape Fear through the Outer Banks to keep an eye on the storm’s progress and to stay tuned to local news stations for more information. Share:

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North Carolina Joins 14 States in Bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina will join 14 other states in the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is the bipartisan coalition launched in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The bipartisan group of states is committed to reducing their share of the U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. “In the absence of leadership from Washington, North Carolina is proud to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, and we remain committed to reducing pollution and protecting our environment,” said Gov. Cooper. “Clean air and a healthy environment are vital for a strong economy and a healthier future. So much of North Carolina’s economy …..

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Elizabethtown officials help prepare citizens for hurricane season

By: Charlotte Smith Hurricane Irma has been tearing through the United States after crushing the caribbean islands. Last week the historic storm was predicted to hit North Carolina hard. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for NC. Some residents of the Mother County stated their concerns about the potential damager of the storm. Elizabethtown officials along with Bladen County Emergency responders helped educate citizens on how to prepare for hurricanes by passing out a hurricane checklist. Even though, Hurricane Irma did turn more to the west of the US, Bladen County has received rains and winds from its remnants. Schools have been closed and delayed Monday, September 11th …..

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Bladen County under a wind advisory

Bladen County is under a wind advisory from Monday 2 AM EDT until Tuesday 12 AM EDT. East winds increasing to 25 to 35 MPH with gusts of 45 to 50 MPH with the strongest winds expected late Monday morning to Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.  Bladen Online will keep you posted of delays or cancellations as we receive them. Share:

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“Hyperactive” Atlantic hurricane records broken

Last night we had two Atlantic storms with 150+ mph winds simultaneously. (Irma and Jose)  This was the first time this has occurred in Atlantic Ocean history. We also have three category 2 or stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic simultaneously. (Irma, Jose, and Katia)  The last time that this happened was in 1893. These three hurricanes combined to set a new record for the highest single-day Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE index) yesterday in Atlantic Ocean history with 14.37.  The ACE index sums up the amount of power being generated in active tropical cyclones. ​From Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49 on Twitter)   Hurricane Irma is already #4 on the all-time list for …..

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North Carolina to go under state of emergency

By Erin Smith North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency which will begin at 8 am Thursday as the state begins preparing for Hurricane Irma. The state of South Carolina declared a state of emergency earlier in the day on Wednesday. While the storm has just passed the Virgin Islands, Gov. Cooper encourages residents in North Carolina to begin their preparations. “Our state emergency management staff has been monitoring this storm closely for several days now and our state is preparing for the storm,” Cooper said. The state of emergency allows state officials and agencies to move resources such as medicine, fuel and food to areas …..

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Risk of thunderstorms in Bladen County

By:Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist & Climate Program Leader National Weather Service Wilmington, NC The first day of September has risks of stormy weather in Bladen County according to Timothy Armstrong with the NOAA. The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a slight risk of severe thunderstorms later today as a front stalls across southern North Carolina.  Of particular interest with this event is the potential for isolated tornadoes. This risk will be highest near the location of the stalled front which may include parts of South Carolina’s Pee Dee Region and the inland portion of North Carolina’s Cape Fear region. The best potential for severe thunderstorms should be during the mid to late …..

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Bladen County may assist Hurricane Harvey victims 

By: Dora Brogdon By now everyone has heard about Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas. There are 50 counties flooded and 66,000 homes without any electricity with 30,000 people staying in shelters according to news sources. Rain levels have reached 15 to 25 inches in water while a few other areas suffered over 50 inches of down pour. One way to help the survivors down in Texas would be donating to relief efforts. It is the most effective way to support the survivors during their recovery. Donating personal items such as used clothing, perishable foods, medicine, and household items is not what is needed. Donating personal items at this …..

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Tropical Storm Watch canceled

 As of 7:52 AM, Michael Caropolo of NOAA, has announced that the Hurricane center has canceled the tropical storm watch for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.  The center of the low pressure system is located just off the Cape Fear coast and will continue to move away from the region today and intensify. The system is still forecast to become a tropical storm but not until in reaches the Outer Banks. As the low pulls away today we can still expect some gusty winds on the backside from the N and NW of 20-25 mph this morning. In addition, rainfall amounts have been revised downward, we can expect to …..

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Rain expected in Bladen from Tropical Cyclone Number 10

No alerts had been issued by the National Weather Service for Bladen County as of 2 a.m. Monday, but more than an inch of rain and wind gusts of more than 30 mph are possible Monday night and into Tuesday as Tropical Cyclone Number 10 works its way along the North Carolina coast. A tropical storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina and Georgetown and Horry counties in South Carolina. The storm was located about 310 miles southwest of Wilmington at 11:30 p.m. Sunday with winds up to 35 mph. It’s expected to move north Monday, then …..

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National Weather Service

Update to Weekend Weather Briefing

The National Weather Service reports the evolvement of future tropical storms. Irma could have an impact on our area. Low pressure is expected to develop offshore of the Southeast Coast Sunday or Monday and may take on tropical or subtropical characteristics by the time it makes its closest approach to northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina. There is still much uncertainty in regards to the early week forecast. We will continue to monitor any development of this system. Should the low be classified tropical or subtropical, it will be named Irma. Expected Impacts: Beach Hazards to include moderate to strong rip currents and high and rough surf through the …..

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