UPDATE: Coastal flood warning in effect; rain totals reach 12 inches in Cape Fear region

As meteorologists call for continued heavy rainfall, a flash flood warning is in effect for the Cape Fear region Monday morning. Photo by James Mieczkowski.

UPDATE: Monday, 2:30 p.m. While a coastal flood warning is in effect until Monday evening, forecasters with the National Weather Service have released their unofficial rainfall totals for the Cape Fear region over the last three days. According to a rain gauge report released by the National Weather Service (NWS) on Monday afternoon, many areas […]

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

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  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 […]

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 […]

Area schools show strides, setbacks on state test scores

The report cards are in for area school districts, and grades run the gamut from superior to failing. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released its 2014-15 READY Accountability data this week. It’s the second year under the new model, which includes an A through F system of ranking individual schools’ performance. Graduation rates in […]

National Weather Service predicts the rainiest winter in decades

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Due to this year’s strong El Niño season, representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington believe this winter could see the highest precipitation totals in decades, rivaling some of the strongest events in recent history and creating a high potential for river flooding. According to Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader […]

For the love of music: The Penguin celebrates 12 years on the air with concerts

98.3 FM The Penguin  hosts Kim Czornij and Beau Gunn celebrate the music they love at a recent live concert. The station is celebrating 12 years on the air, a feat Gunn contributes to a shared love of music among listeners, deejays and performers alike. Courtesy photos.

With the blaring of horns over the airwaves on midnight over a decade ago, a local musical revolution was born. Those horns, and that song–Rufus Thomas’ “Do The Funky Penguin”–signaled the birth of WUIN–98.3 FM The Penguin. The Wilmington radio station, which is owned by Port City Daily’s parent company Hometown Wilmington Media, turns 12 […]

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