Hurricane Florence

Burgaw Post Office damaged by Hurricane Florence still has exposed insulation, tarped roof, puddles

“Hurricane Florence damaged this building extensively,” said Ralph Gardner, a citizen at the post office on Thursday. “It has hampered postal operations for quite some time, and we need people who are in charge of this building, we need them here to fix the place.”
  Strangers help bring Christmas to neighborhood affected by Florence
  Company gives free Christmas trees to Hurricane Florence victims
  Group lets Hurricane Florence victims know they have ‘Good Friends’
  ‘Unreasonably excessive’: Price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Florence
  Wilmington Response uses parade float to announce new relief efforts
  Craft beer makers team up to encourage visitors to Wilmington

Battling stress after Hurricane Florence and through the holiday season

The holidays can be a stressful time. For many families, this year may be more stressful than in years past. Thousands of families in our region are dealing with the stress of trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after the devastation of Hurricane Florence. In many cases, it’s having a direct

2018 Atlantic hurricane season: The year of Florence and Michael

There were 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and two major hurricanes in 2018.

More on Hurricane Florence

  ’Just go’: FEMA rep warns deadline to apply for assistance is near

If you were impacted by Hurricane Florence and you live in an area that was declared a disaster, you are eligible for FEMA disaster assistance.

’A Christmas Shoppe’ owner urges people to shop local this holiday season after losing home to Florence

Deb Woody and her husband James have run "A Christmas Shoppe" in downtown Wilmington for the past 12 years.

Direct Hit: A look at Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Cape Fear region Friday, Sept. 14. Here's a look at the storm's impact from before it made landfall to the days after - when some communities were left under water.

Corpening, Van Pelt honored by NC Attorney General

Judge J.H. Corpening and Meade Horton Van Pelt, both of Wilmington, have received the North Carolina Attorney General’s Dogwood Award, which honors individuals “who are dedicated to keeping people safe, healthy, and happy in their communities”.

  Wilmington woman turns Florence debris into art

Taking broken pieces of all types of debris from Hurricane Florence and turning it into something beautiful - That is what one local artist is doing this holiday season.
  Riverfest returns: The annual event is later and cooler
  Iconic Surf City dinner cruise boat destroyed in Florence gets new life

  After near cancellation due to Florence, ‘Swamp Thing’ filming expected to infuse $55 million into local economy

The series, which will air exclusively on DC Universe, began filming Wednesday with plans to continue through the next several weeks.

Homeless man from Georgia helping tear out storm-ravaged homes

He has nothing but the clothes on his back, but that’s not stopping one man from helping victims of Hurricane Florence.

Housing complex management to residents: Move out by Thanksgiving

A community meeting is where 80 units learned about the required move-out. The housing complex is not providing an alternate living space during this time, but FEMA, DSS, social workers, and EMS were on site helping people register and evaluate housing options.

UNCW students seek answers to larceny cases on campus

After a month of no answers, UNCW students are wanting to know what the school is going to do about the several counts of larceny. Dozens of students reported items stolen after coming back from the hurricane.

‘I prayed for a miracle and it rolled in today’: Disabled veteran reeling from Florence receives camper, new wheelchair

Army veteran Fred Saunders, 63, lost his Pender County home due to damage after Hurricane Florence. It was the third time his home was destroyed.

Funds raised to help Town of Wrightsville Beach employees after Florence

The Wrightsville Beach Foundation held a fundraiser in the parking lot of Bluewater Waterfront Grill to support town employees who were affected by Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington church members lean on faith during difficult post-Florence rebuild

Drivers traveling down Shipyard Boulevard in Wilmington are sure to spot a unique looking brick church sitting near the intersection with 17th Street.

Wilmington residents must have Florence construction debris on curbs by Monday

In an update Friday, Wilmington officials said the final pass for construction debris will start Monday, and residents should have any materials to the curb by Sunday night.

FEMA may be able to reimburse housing expenses due to cold snap

Residents displaced by Hurricane Florence that have to get short-term lodging due to the cold may be able to be reimbursed by FEMA

Red Cross Florence shelter closes doors, most now in hotels

The shelter at Christ the King Church on North College Road closes at noon Friday, but Cape Fear area executive director James Jarvis said all of the 39 people who were still using the shelter Thursday have a place to go.

Down dogs will help UNCW students get back up

A yoga class will balance into the body and mind, while helping UNCW Seahawks recover from Hurricane Florence.

Suicide latest storm death in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence

A 69-year-old man who killed himself is the latest death in North Carolina to be blamed on Hurricane Florence

SBA loan deadline extended; Business Recovery Center relocates

The deadline to apply for low-interest disaster loans from Hurricane Florence has been extended

Families still in shelters after Hurricane Florence describe life inside: ‘It’s a love-hate relationship’

WECT spoke with three people currently living in the shelter at Christ the King Church in Wilmington, which currently is housing 46 people total. They described shelter conditions and barriers that have prevented them from finding stable housing.

Whitestocking Road residents in Burgaw look for help from county officials

After almost two months after Hurricane Florence, people on Whitestocking Road in Burgaw are still struggling to get back to their normal lives.

Pender Co. residents ready for answers: ‘We feel forgotten’

In an effort to get some answers and connect people with relief supplies, there is an open meeting Friday at 7 p.m. at Gateway Community Church at 416 West Bridgers St. in Burgaw.

Governor visits businesses affected by Hurricane Florence

Several small businesses are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, and Governor Roy Cooper paid a visit to the area Thursday to tour some of the shops.

Door-to-door supply distribution helps hundreds struggling in Pender County

It has been 50 days since Hurricane Florence made landfall in southeastern North Carolina, but for many in Pender County, it seems like the storm hit yesterday.

Wilmington Fire Department moves operations, living quarters after Florence damage

Serious leaks led to mold and other water damage in several fire stations and buildings, including living spaces for firefighters and office space for administrative staff.

CFCC students impacted by Florence can apply for funding

Students at Cape Fear Community College directly impacted by Hurricane Florence can now apply for grant funding to help them remain in school.

Disaster relief group helps fix veteran’s home

A mostly veteran-based group, Team Rubicon has been in the area for six weeks and on Wednesday, it gutted the home of Pete Stoyko, a fellow veteran, in Pender County.

Trunk-or-treat doubles as supply distribution site for Florence victims

Wilmington Response and the Calvary Baptist Church hosted a combined trunk-or-treat and supply distribution site Wednesday evening.

Damage caused by Hurricane Florence now estimated at $17 billion

Hurricane Florence caused nearly $17 billion in damage, according to an updated estimate from the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management.

Surf City crews begin collecting beach debris left behind by hurricane

According to a Town of Surf City Facebook post, crews are beginning at the north end of town and moving south toward the pier.

  Crews tear down popular restaurant damaged by Hurricane Florence

It was demolition day for Holland’s Shelter Creek Restaurant on Tuesday. The building was torn down due to Hurricane Florence damage.

Midterm Elections: Polling places affected by Hurricane Florence

Voters should have been notified by mail if their location has changed.

Meal prices returning to normal at New Hanover County Schools on Thursday

Students in New Hanover County will have to go back to paying for their meals beginning Thursday

Benefit concert will help those who helped many during Hurricane Florence

Hospital employees stuck it out through Hurricane Florence to care for the patients who were there and those who came in during the storm. Now, it’s time to care for them.

Area leaders asking federal officials for aid, help with infrastructure improvements after Florence

The leaders will be in the nation's capital Oct. 29-30.

Neighbors vow to help each other through every step of cleanup

Now, neighbors are working together to make sure everyone gets back on their feet. They’ve helped gut homes and are starting to remodel them together, taking the phrase being neighborly to a whole new level.

Belville to hold open forum for residents with Florence-related issues

The town of Belville will host an open forum for residents with storm-related questions Monday, Oct. 29

Shred storm-damaged documents Monday for free in Southport

A shredder will be available for people with storm-damaged documents Monday in Southport

Local leaders going to D.C. for more Florence relief

Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo and other local leaders are going to Washington for more Florence aid

NHC Board of Commissioners approves ordinance allowing temporary housing for Florence survivors

At a special meeting Thursday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning ordinance to allow temporary relocation housing for residents displaced from their homes because of Hurricane Florence.

First responders, law enforcement honored at thank you picnic

The event at Hugh MacRae Park featured food, fellowship and Gov. Roy Cooper made an appearance to personally thank the men and women who sacrificed time at home with their families to help others during the storm.

Gov. Cooper to tour local areas damaged by Florence, thank first responders

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to be in the area Thursday to tour areas damaged by Hurricane Florence.