UPDATE: Area schools, government offices closed Monday

Topsail Beach feels the effects of the weekend's storms. This photo was taken Sunday, Oct. 4 around 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy Susan Hyde)

UPDATED: Monday, 8:15 a.m. Due to flooding and continued rainfall, several area schools and government offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 5. New Hanover County New Hanover County government offices are closed. Essential employees should report as scheduled. County Commissioner meeting is canceled. Agenda items will be rescheduled for the October 19, 2015 regular board […]

Brunswick Co. asks residents of unincorporated areas to voluntarily evacuate ahead of Sunday’s storm

Brunswick County has amended its State of Emergency to include a voluntary evacuation for all unincorporated areas of Brunswick County, specifically low-lying and flood-prone areas, effective 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. While the rainfall let up for much of Brunswick County Saturday, additional significant rainfall is expected Sunday, and officials are strongly encouraging residents in […]

Gallery: Back-to-back storms bring flooding to the area

Canal Drive and Carl Winner Drive in Carolina Beach 10_2_15(1)

  For Wilmington-area residents persistent precipitation has left the ground over-saturated and low-lying areas flooded. Port City Daily has been keeping an eye on road closures and flooded areas, particularly in the beach towns, which have already seen significant amounts of rainfall and beach erosion due to the storms that have been pounding the region. […]

UPDATE: Wilmington joins New Hanover, Brunswick counties declare states of emergency

Residents in Carolina Beach standing on the peer. Photo by Hanna Leava.

UPDATED: Friday, 9:30 p.m. Brunswick County is opening a shelter at West Brunswick High School after receiving reports of significant flooding in the Carolina Shores area. The shelter will allow pets. Crews are in the Carolina Shores area working to check neighborhoods and evacuate residents as needed. Residents whose homes are taking in water should […]

Beach towns taking ‘wait and see’ approach for Joaquin

Variable message sign at the corner of Canal Dr. and Carl Winner Dr. in Carolina Beach on 10/1/15. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Kure Beach, Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach are all following New Hanover County’s lead and waiting to see whether it is necessary for them to declare states of emergency in their municipalities in anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin. On Thursday, each town held a meeting with their respective department heads to determine what actions needed to […]

Red Cross readies for storm response

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is gearing up to provide disaster relief should heavy rainfall lead to flooding in the area. Image courtesy Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross.

As the Category 4 hurricane Joaquin continues to move north through the Atlantic Ocean, the American Red Cross is mobilizing in the Cape Fear region and across the state. James Jarvis, disaster program specialist with the local chapter of the Red Cross, said even if the storm weakens, as predicted, before nearing the east coast, […]

UPDATE: Hurricane Joaquin expected to move farther east

Joaquin Friday Morning

UPDATE: Friday, 8:05 a.m. Forecasters have reduced the chance of Hurricane Joaquin making direct landfall in the Cape Fear Region to five percent. The ground is saturated in many locations and the risk for excessive rainfall is moderate to high across our area. As a result, some areas may see life threatening flooding develop through […]

Riverfest, area events canceled due to Hurricane Joaquin

Attractions on Water Street stretch as far south as The George restaurant, where a stand-up paddle race started this morning.

Due to the impact Hurricane Joaquin is expected to have on the Cape Fear Region later this week, the annual Riverfest celebration in downtown Wilmington has been postponed. The festival, originally set for Oct. 2-4 along Water Street, will now be held during a weekend in November, according to Riverfest chairman Chris Snowden. Snowden said […]

UPDATE: Joaquin becomes a Category 3 hurricane

Map of precipitable water for Friday showing how moisture will be angled from Joaquin right into the Carolinas. Photo Courtesy of NWS.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 11 p.m. Hurricane Joaquin has become a Category 3 storm as it moves toward the central Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center. —- UPDATE: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Hurricane Joaquin’s predicted track has shifted farther west with several National Weather Service computer models now predicting landfall off the northern North Carolina coast in three […]

Caswell Beach mayor charged with embezzling beach lobbying funds

Harry Simmons

The mayor of Caswell Beach has been charged with embezzling more than $673,000 in taxpayer dollars, set aside as coastal lobbying funds for several Brunswick County beach towns, over a period of about 14 years. Harry Quinton Simmons Jr., 62, made his first appearance Tuesday on more than 18 felony charges in Brunswick County Superior […]

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