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8:22 am
Fri September 1, 2006

Ernesto Floods Region

Wilmington, NC – Tropical Storm Ernesto plowed through the area late last night flooding roads around the region.


Many of the roads in the northern part of New Hanover County were flooded as Ernesto dumped more than six inches of rain around the region.


In Wilmington, College Road between Oleander and Wrightsville Beach was under a foot of standing water by 11 o'clock last night.


A record-setting eight inches of rain fell in Wilmington last night.

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Local Interest
3:40 am
Fri September 1, 2006

Flood Waters Rise in Ernesto's Wake

Standing water from Ernesto floods a lot of model homes near Greenfield loop road.

Wilmington, NC – An unusually wet August in southeastern North Carolina means more of Ernesto's rain is swelling the region's rivers. Tributaries of the northeast Cape Fear are above their banks and the river is running several feet higher than normal.

Emergency services in Duplin county report evacuations in the town of Chinquapin. According to the Star News, there are swift water rescue teams evacuating low-lying residents in the Pender County town of Maple Hill.

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Local Interest
12:15 am
Fri September 1, 2006

New Hanover, Brunswick Counties Post-Ernesto

Surfers crowd the waters near Johnny Mercer's pier on Wrightsville Beach the morning after Ernesto.

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County is recovering after Tropical Storm Ernesto dumped up a reported 14 inches of rain at Wrightsville Beach, and a record-setting eight inches in Wilmington.

New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center says 61 people stayed at the shelter in Wilmington, and as many a 1,800 Progress Energy customers lost power.

Dave Baker, director of Ocean Rescue for Wrightsville Beach, says Ernesto's nightly landfall kept away most onlookers.

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Local Interest
5:56 am
Thu August 31, 2006

Surfers and Surf Watchers Give Ernesto Mixed Review

Closed businesses along Carolina Beach's boardwalk as Ernesto washes in.

Carolina Beach, NC – Surfers and locals pretty much had Pleasure Island to themselves Thursday as the region's beach towns waited for Ernesto's arrival. But for most of the day, the storm was a disappointment. By mid-afternoon, the beach was almost empty, a sight that surprised Carolina Beach resident Judy Burford, who was hoping to catch her first hurricane.

"I figured there'd be people out on the beach, watching the ocean like they always do, but there's nobody there."

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Local Interest
11:32 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Katrina Fails to Sink Island Real Estate Market

A fire hydrant stands as a stark reminder of Dauphin Island's massive erosion.

Dauphin Island, AL – There are property lines on the sea floor off Alabama's Dauphin Island. You can tell from the headless pilings sticking up out of surf. Last season, they supported beach homes.

John Bullard used to stay in some of those lost properties. From the shade of his beach umbrella, Bullard points to the houses currently lining the water. A decade ago, he says, those were probably three rows back.

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Local Interest
8:46 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Wilmington Helps Build Musicians Village

Musicians Village

Wilmington, NC – The idea is this: instead of trying to attract skilled labor to New Orleans, the city is outsourcing some of the rebuilding.

For our poor, flooded and damaged city it's just fantastic to have all of these generous folks in Wilmington. And I get to go back to New Orleans and say there are a bunch of folks in North Carolina who care about us.

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Local Interest
2:58 am
Wed August 30, 2006

Carolinas Prep For Ernesto

Wilmington, NC – Forecasters predict Ernesto could dump up to six inches of rain along the South Carolina, North Carolina border leaving officials in South Carolina preparing for the storm.


Ernesto is expected to make landfall late Thursday afternoon near the South Carolina, North Carolina border.


In South Carolina, the border county of Horry County, spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says emergency officials are also worried about severe flooding.

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Local Interest
12:46 am
Wed August 30, 2006

City View Project Stalls at MPO Meeting

Wilmington, NC – The builder of the City View development planned for the west bank of the Cape Fear River was put on hold after making a special request Wednesday night that would have moved the project closer to becoming a reality.

Developer John Evans made a request of the Metropolitan Planning Organization to upgrade the status of USS North Carolina Road and Battleship Road from local road to connector road status so he could build the proposed condo-retail development.

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Local Interest
8:01 am
Tue August 29, 2006

New Evacuation Route for Parts of Brunswick County

Wilmington, NC – Brunswick County officials say the completed stretch I- 140 will cut evacuation time for some county residents.


Brunswick County officials say the I-140 Wilmington Bypass links an improved Carolina Beach Road to Interstate 40, giving county residents a faster evacuation route.


Brunswick County Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson says sending residents through New Hanover county will work because of new regional evacuation plans.

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Local Interest
7:59 am
Tue August 29, 2006

Governor Easley Says State Ready to Communicate

Wilmington, NC – As forecasters keep an eye on Tropical Storm Ernesto,Governor Mike Easley warns residents to prepare for the hurricane season.


Easley urged families to have a plan for evacuation and communication. As for the state's emergency communication system, called VIPER, a study this year by the First Response Coalition raised concerns about VIPER's effectiveness since many municipalities have opted out of it.

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