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 […]

Police report: Former CB Councilman argued with victim before accident

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An altercation outside a Carolina Beach boardwalk establishment preceded a hit-and-run accident that involved a former Carolina Beach town councilman, according to a police incident report. Alan Bradley Gilbert, 53, of Carolina Beach, was arrested at his home on Atlanta Avenue in the early morning on Sept. 14 after allegedly driving his vehicle into a […]

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