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North Carolina Governors Office

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to give a media briefing on Tropical Storm Michael Friday at 10:30 am from the Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh.   You can watch the news conference here Friday at 10:30 am.

National Weather Service - Newport/Morehead City

Eastern North Carolina is no longer under a flash flood watch, but a tropical storm warning for the region remains in effect until Michael moves off the Virginia coast early Friday morning.

As residents in Fairfield Harbour clean up debris and make repairs to their homes, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are going door to door helping people register for disaster assistance and providing information on the types of resources they may be eligible for. 


National Hurricane Center

Gov. Cooper is warning residents, particularly those who live in coastal communities or near rivers and streams in Eastern North Carolina, to stay "watchful and alert" as Hurricane Michael continues on its track toward the region. 

A message from Ben Donnelly, General Manager PRE:

Public Radio East is eligible for relief funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

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88.1 in Greenville has been off-air since Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on September 14. Local efforts to repair the 88.1 transmitter were unsuccessful and it was sent off to its manufacturer for repair and upgrades. We hope to restore the service by this weekend. You can still hear News & Ideas programming in Greenville on 89.3 WTEB and on-line at publicradioeast.org.

Hundreds of residents at apartment complexes in Carteret County have been evicted from their homes because of roof damage from Hurricane Florence.  Now, citizens and Marines are pitching in to try to help people who were displaced pack up their belongings and find somewhere else to live.  Jared Brumbaugh was at one of the affected apartment complex in Morehead City yesterday and has this. 


Pamlico County Schools

Classes have resumed for all Pamlico County students, but not every school in the district is open.


CDC

Record rainfall and historic flooding from Hurricane Florence has caused a terrible mosquito problem here in Eastern North Carolina.  Last week, Gov. Cooper ordered $4 million dollars to fund mosquito control efforts in 27 counties.  Jared Brumbaugh has more on the multi-layer approach to studying and eradicating mosquitoes.


Creative Commons

People in areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Florence can apply for help buying food through the state’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  

Since Thursday, more than 200 individuals who sustained damages during Hurricane Florence have come to disaster recovery center at the former Eckerd Drugstore along Martin Luther King Blvd in New Bern.   Public Affairs Specialist Karen Knapic said the Small Business Association has provided more than $20 million dollars to North Carolinians for hurricane efforts.   

On Friday morning, the American Red Cross was handing out emergency supplies to people at the FEMA disaster recovery center in New Bern.  Linda Ehrsam, a relief worker from Kentucky said they’ve given away 120 cleanup kits each day to residents in New Bern and surrounding areas. 

“We’ve got a tub, and it’s got a tarp in it, a flashlight, bug spray, a big box of contractor garbage bag, and then this is a supply kit that has different items for cleanup like a squeegee, a mop, a broom, there’s bleach in there.”

Valerie Crowder

On the morning after Hurricane Florence had moved out of rural Jones County, N.C., Julie and Kris Ronan opened the front door of their home in downtown Pollocksville and shouted to their neighbors across the street: “We made it!” 


Town of Emerald Isle Facebook

UPDATE Sept. 28, 2018- State officials say bateria levels at most ocean swimming sites in Carteret, Pender and Onslow counties meet state and Environmental Protection Agency standards for swimming and other contact with water.  A press release from the North Carolian Division of Marine Fisheries said an advisory remains in effect for the public beach access just west of the junction of Coast Guard Road and Inlet Drive in Emerald Isle and for sound-side waters.

Jones County Schools Canceled Due To Flooding

Sep 26, 2018
Valerie Crowder

School district leaders in Jones County are working to decide where to place about 400 students at Jones Middle School and Trenton Elementary School after both buildings were damaged in historic flooding from Hurricane Florence. 


Jared Brumbaugh

Carteret County was hit hard by Florence.  Hurricane force winds knocked down power lines, toppled trees over on houses and blew the roofs and awnings off buildings.  Now, nearly a week after the storm, thousands of residents are still without power.  

PRE Fund Drive Postponed

Sep 20, 2018
Ben Donnelly

Due to the effects of Hurricane Florence, Public Radio East has postponed our fall fund drive which was scheduled to run from September 20th through the 28th. 

We have put considerable resources toward continuing to broadcast through the storm and its aftermath. The PRE studios and the WTEB transmitter in New Bern are connected to a generator which provided electricity for us to transmit and report even when most of the region was without power.  A small dedicated team kept things running under difficult circumstances. 

ORIENTAL – People are slowly returning to the town of Oriental as recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence continue. Town Manager Diane Miller says it appears all of Oriental has power again following a flash re-build of electrical infrastructure by Duke Energy. She was informed earlier this week that 80 power polls were damaged or destroyed along with miles of line. She described work done by Duke as having occurred at a “frantic pace” with power being restored earlier this morning (Thursday).  Customers of Tideland EMC had their power restored by yesterday.

Jared Brumbaugh

The American Red Cross and the North Carolina Baptist Men are partnering with a church in Havelock to provide hot meals to people who were affected by Hurricane Florence. 

Jared Brumbaugh

Carteret County Emergency Management has set up 12 food and water distribution sites in areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence.  Chief of Harkers Island Fire and Rescue Chad Mann says stores Down East haven’t been able to restock their shelves because delivery trucks aren’t able to get through.  He says this site is the only place on Harkers Island where residents can get water, canned goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers and tarps.

“We’ve had as far as Georgia, two trucks from Georgia come and drop stuff off for us.” 

The Neuse River through Lenoir County is expected to continue rising through Saturday morning when forecasters predict it will crest at 25 feet. Forecasters predict it will stay that way for 12-to-24 hours before slowly receding. As of this morning, the water had risen to almost 23 feet. At a press conference this morning, county emergency services director Roger Dail told reporters officials expect rising floodwaters to eventually block access to Highway 258…

Jared Brumbaugh

River Bend is a small and quiet community of about 3,100 people.  Many of the residents, mostly retirees, are attracted to the town because of easy access to waterfront along the Trent River and Plantation Canal.  But that selling point is also the reason for such significant flooding and damages during last week’s Hurricane Florence.

As storm conditions deteriorated late Thursday night, resident Andrew Schellinck was preparing to evacuate his condo at Harbour Walk Townhouses.

Jared Brumbaugh

Water from the Neuse River has receded along New Street in the historic section of downtown.  Now, water logged furniture, insulation and debris line both sides of the road.  For resident Rob Overman, it’s the worst flooding he’s seen since he moved to New Bern 30 years ago.

“We were very fortunate, for whatever reason, we’re the only house in the 200 block of New Street that didn’t flood.  Just the right mix of height, location, luck.”

Road Closures For ENC

Sep 17, 2018
NCDOT - Facebook

Here are some of the major road closures affecting tavel in Eastern North Carolina. For real-time traffic information of interstates, highways and roads, go to NCDOT's Travel Information Management System.

NCDOT

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, many roads and highways around Eastern North Carolina remain flooded and impassible.  Those who evacuated before Hurricane Florence may have trouble returning home.

Jacksonville Actively Rescuing Residents Trapped Inside

Sep 15, 2018
Facebook - Haiylee Renae

The city of Jacksonville's water rescue team is pulling trapped residents from their flooded homes or businesses. 

Crews with Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op will begin clearing damages from Hurricane Florence this morning.  Close to 150 line workers from Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia are joining 30 CCEC line workers, field technicians and other personnel.

City of New Bern

Updated 8am 9/15/18

About 100 people are still waiting to be rescued from their homes in New Bern. Public Information Officer Colleen Roberts says three swift water rescue teams worked overnight to pull people from flooded homes and vehicles.  She says 15 people were evacuated from the Bridgepoint Hotel due to rising waters.

“Eight adults, six dogs and two cats traveling down MLK down Red Robin encountered some floodwaters and they had to be rescued as well.”

Hurricane Florence: Lenoir County Update

Sep 14, 2018

Lenoir County officials are expecting the worst effects from Hurricane Florence to happen on Monday when the Neuse River is forecasted to crest at 21.4 feet. 

Hurricane Florence: Onslow County Update

Sep 14, 2018

Onslow County has sent out rescue teams to help residents trapped in their homes or stuck on roadways. 

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