Greensboro: From farmers to first responders, Triad preps for impact from 'historic storm'
We've really never seen the destructive winds of a Hurricane Florence, now churning just off the coast. Most of us weren't alive — or maybe not in the state — in 1954, for the arrival of the comparably-strengthened Hurricane Hazel, the strongest and only Category 4 hurricane to ever hit the North Carolina coast. Hazel's states-long trek left 81 dead and $138 million in damage. So the beginning of the week found workers plucking the ripest pumpkins from the fields at Bernie's Berries and Produce, as the Triad prepares for a brush with Florence. Local farmers, already experiencing a tough summer — rain when they needed the sun and too much sun when the soil needed to be wet — are looking at millions of dollars of crops, including tobacco ready for curing, that could literally disappear. "It could just destroy what you left out there," said Bernice Kenan — the namesake of Bernie's, the farm she owns with husband, James. "We just have to hope for the best."
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Raleigh parents meet firefighters who saved son
The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday honored first responders in Wake County for going above and beyond the call of duty, highlighting moments of bravery on the 17th anniversary of Sept. 11. WRAL's David Crabtree emceed the event, which was sponsored by WRAL. Four Raleigh firefighters were honored for helping save a man from a house fire in 2017. WRAL invited the family to the breakfast to thank the firefighters in person for their bravery. "Being able to physically say thank you to them meant the world to me," said Stephen Lewdanowski, who woke up with his wife, Karen, the night of Sept. 4, 2017, and saw their home was engulfed in flames. "We were looking for them for over a year and couldn't find them."
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'Get out now': Charleston officials urge residents to obey evacuation order
"Get out, get out now" That was the message from Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg Wednesday morning who along with Police Chief Luther Reynolds and other officials who made the message loud and clear to leave Charleston as soon as possible. The message came two days after Gov. Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of coastal counties because of Hurricane Florence. The lanes of I-26 were all reversed on Tuesday to help people evacuate. "The unpredictability is bearing out," Tecklenburg said. "That's our worst concern at this point is the rain and the flooding that we may see this weekend." The city says it will get to as much trash as it can before services end later Wednesday. Mount Pleasant mayor Will Haynie joined Tecklenburg in telling people to get out.
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North Spartanburg fire department takes in 9 day old baby under Daniel's Law
The Department of Social Services said an Upstate firefighter took in a newborn on Sunday under the Safe Haven for Babies Act. According to DSS, a 9-day-old boy was brought to North Spartanburg Fire Department on Asheville Highway around 7:13 p.m. A note was attached to the child listing his name as Josiah, but there was no last name. Anyone who believes they have parental rights to the baby must attend a hearing on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. to assert those rights. The hearing will be held at the Spartanburg County Courthouse. The Safe Haven Act, also known as Daniel's Law, allows mothers in crisis to bring an unharmed infant to hospitals, law enforcement agencies, EMS stations and churches while they are staffed.
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