Hurricane Florence

  Governor Cooper tours Pender County to survey Florence recovery efforts

Governor Roy Cooper made a stop in Pender County Thursday morning to survey several spots that were damaged by Hurricane Florence, including U.S. 421 near the New Hanover County line where a huge section was completely washed away by floodwaters.
  Help make sure 220 children have gifts to open on Christmas morning
Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance extended to Dec. 19
  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

More on Hurricane Florence

  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
Direct Hit: A look at Hurricane Florence

  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.
Corpening, Van Pelt honored by NC Attorney General
  Wilmington woman turns Florence debris into art

  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.

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