Hurricane Florence

  Crowd learns about home buyout program for houses ruined by hurricane floodwaters

More than 150 people packed the Pender County Commissioners chambers on Tuesday night for an acquisition buyout workshop. If approved, the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program can include money for a home’s elevation, acquisition buyout, or mitigation construction.

Mounds of hurricane debris still on roadsides in Pender County

It’s hard to drive parts of Pender County and not notice the mountains. The problem is they’re not rolling hills of green. They’re mounds of trash and hurricane debris on the side of the road.

  Ho hum holiday for some local retailers grateful to be open after Hurricane Florence

It’s been a ho-hum holiday for many local business owners this Christmas season. The blame isn’t being placed on the economy, it’s being placed on Florence.
  Home for Christmas: Family displaced by Florence moves back in for holiday
  Restart in Style: Pop-up shop gives hurricane victims free designer clothing
  Governor Cooper tours Pender County to survey Florence recovery efforts

More on Hurricane Florence

  Help make sure 220 children have gifts to open on Christmas morning

The children are in the Big Buddy program, Hurricane Florence evacuees and in foster care.

Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance extended to Dec. 19

Gov. Roy Cooper requested and received a deadline extension in early November and the deadline was extended again Thursday at Cooper’s request. The deadline to register is Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

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

In the weeks following Hurricane Florence, hundreds of complaints of price gouging poured into the North Carolina Attorney General’s office.

  Wilmington Response uses parade float to announce new relief efforts

Wilmington Response was forced to find a backup way to unveil their latest recovery efforts after the Wilmington Holiday Parade was cancelled.
  Craft beer makers team up to encourage visitors to Wilmington
Battling stress after Hurricane Florence and through the holiday season
2018 Atlantic hurricane season: The year of Florence and Michael

  Highway 6: “Come Back” campaign luring tourists back to Wilmington and area beaches after Hurricane Florence

Wilmington's Convention and Visitors Bureau wants tourists to "come back". A new ad campaign is reminding people the region is back open for business

Celebrity chef whose organization helped feed Hurricane Florence victims nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The celebrity chef who helped feed storm victims and first responders during Hurricane Florence is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Businesses hit by Hurricane Florence rebuild in time for holiday shopping season

As we approach Christmas, some of the businesses hit hard by Hurricane Florence are back open and they’re counting on you to shop local.

’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.

Hometown Hero: Lemonade stand leads to tree company removing 100-year-old tree from Florence damaged home for free

In the spirit of the holidays, we want recognize those in our communities who go above and beyond in certain situations. Our area has dealt with many hard times over this past year especially after Hurricane Florence. Every Friday we will air stories from people in the area thanking someone they co

Woman serves Thanksgiving meals to community despite losing everything in hurricane

Vivian Herring lost everything in Hurricane Florence, but she gave back on Thanksgiving, serving meals to her community.

Michael Jordan has emotional meeting with family that lost home after Hurricane Florence

A phone call about meeting a mystery celebrity led to a mom and her four children spending time with the basketball legend from Wilmington.

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.

Free Thanksgiving meals for Florence victims being distributed around Wilmington today

Operation BBQ Relief is distributing take-home Thanksgiving meals at three Lowe’s Home Improvement locations around Wilmington on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Riverfest returns: The annual event is later and cooler

Hurricane Florence led to the postponement of Riverfest. But now it’s time to celebrate the popular event.

Iconic Surf City dinner cruise boat destroyed in Florence gets new life

For almost 10 years an iconic Surf City dinner cruise boat took visitors on scenic tours of the beautiful island.

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.