Hurricane

Flooding in a small town street
North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency

The Atlantic hurricane season begins in less than a month. Researchers predict an active season with as many as 22 named storms, a small portion of which may become major hurricanes. But it takes only one storm to cause major damage, and emergency managers are preparing for the worst.

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Coping and recovering from a crisis is nothing new for North Carolina’s coastal residents. Hurricanes have altered life for generations of families along the Atlantic seaboard who regularly weather floods, evacuations and damage to homes and communities.

Rising water following Hurricane Florence is leading to road closures like this on on Arrington Bridge Road in Goldsboro, N.C., Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

State emergency management officials are devising a new system for evacuating residents in the event of major storms.

Residents of an apartment complex in Fayetteville, look at a flooded car in a parking lot on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Christy Saunders swung open the door of an enclosed trailer revealing folded animal crates, food bowls, leashes, pooper scoopers and massive rolls of plastic sheeting.

File photo of rising flood waters brought on by Hurricane Florence that threatened a building off highway 70 in Goldsboro, N.C., Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

National forecasters say it's likely this hurricane season will be more active than previously expected.  

NOAA released an updated hurricane outlook for the Atlantic coast today. It says there will likely be 10 to 17 named storms this season. That's up from the 9 to 15 storms that were predicted earlier this spring.

Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Hurricane Matthew caused nearly $5 billion in damages across half the state's 100 counties and forced 4,000 evacuees into shelters. But missteps by an executive agency have delayed distribution of all but 3% of more than $236 million in federal Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery, or CDBG-DR, funds.

Credit: NASA

Asheville may be tucked away in the mountains, but it is quickly building a reputation as “climate city,” a home for researchers, scientific entrepreneurs and nonprofit and governmental organizations working to address climate change.

Hurricane Florence Coverage From Around The State

Sep 13, 2018
AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Hurricane Florence, which is now a Category 2 storm, continues to bear down on the Carolina coast. The National Weather Service says it is likely to be “the storm of a lifetime” for certain portions of that coastline. Officials have ordered the evacuation of over 1 million people from the coasts of North and South Carolina. Scott Sharp, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Raleigh speaks with host Frank Stasio with the latest report.

A chart showing NOAA's updated forecast for the 2018 hurricane season.
NOAA

Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say this hurricane season will be less severe than predicted. 

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season.

File photo of a lone car waiting to be loaded on a ferry to Ocracoke Island in Hatteras, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. An evacuation is underway on Ocracoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria moves north.
Ben Finley / AP

Updated 2:25 p.m., Sept. 26

Storm surge from Hurricane Maria is flooding some parts of the Outer Banks. Forecasters are watching waters rise in the southern Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks as the storm's outer bands sweep across the North Carolina coast. 

A houses is surrounded by water as Hurricane Irma passes through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
David Goldman / AP

Even as Hurricane Irma pummeled the Florida coast and Texans began to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, more North Carolinians stare potential financial disaster right in the face.

Flooding in Chapel Hill on Sunday
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Flooding and hurricanes are the main natural threats facing North Carolina, according to a new risk assessment map published online by the World Bank.

The interactive map is designed to help developers and project planners anticipate natural disasters and the impact of climate change.

Photo: Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center about preparation for Hurricane Joaquin.
Governor's Press Office

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency on Thursday morning as weather forecasters eyed the path of a large hurricane that may strike the Carolinas -- and much of the East Coast -- this weekend.