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  • Several roads still closed; state of emergency remains in effect

    “Things are much better today,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said Friday.

    “We still have some roads that are closed, most notably N.C. 211 at the Lockwood Folly River,” he said.

    Gray Bridge Road will continue to be closed indefinitely because N.C. Department of Transportation officials found damage on the bridge that over washed Thursday afternoon, he said.

    While some roads in the county remain closed, Marzano said most roads have re-opened.

  • Brunswick County Schools closed Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will be closed Friday, Oct. 1, according to a Connect-Ed message from Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    "The school system receives excellent information and guidance from Brunswick County Emergency Services and the National Weather Service," Pruden said. "We can expect 2-3 additional inches of rainfall this evening."

    Pruden said bridge supports "must be inspected by Department of Transportation dive teams before school buses can travel across bridges with assurance."

  • FLOODED OUT: Storms flood family home

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—This week’s continuous rain has caused more damage to Kellie Gore’s house than any hurricane and tropical storm combined.

    Thursday morning Gore, her husband and a handful of family and friends used five pumps to extract about 8 inches of standing water from inside her Culpepper Road home and its surrounding yard.

    “It is what it is,” Gore said, rather upbeat as she waded through the flooded yard.

  • Weather watch: Rain, flooding could affect coastal swimming

    RALEIGH—State environmental health officials have advised the public to be cautious about swimming in coastal and sound-side waters due to possible increased levels of bacteria in the water caused by excessive rainfall and flooding.

  • Worst of the storm has passed, but Brunswick 'still not out of the woods'

    The worst of the storm has passed in terms of rainfall, but Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano warns, “We’re still not out of the woods.”

    Most of the roads that were closed due to flooding early Thursday have been re-opened.

    “There could continue to be some fluctuation. When the waters do receded, there could still be saturation,” he said, meaning drivers must still use caution while driving.

  • Coastal flood warning, tornado watch, high surf advisory in effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning and high surf advisory for Brunswick County. Both are in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Large swells combined with an onshore wind will produce a high risk of dangerous rip currents for all Brunswick beaches throughout most of Thursday.

    Rip currents could be potentially life-threatening, particularly in the two-hour window near low tide which will be around 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Weather watch: Tornado watch issued

    A tornado watch has been issued for Brunswick County effective until 7 a.m. Thursday.

  • 9:30 p.m. Update: U.S. 17 is open

    As of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. 17 was still open, however, emergency officials anticipate an overnight detour later.

  • Weather watch: Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday

    All Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday, according to a Connect-Ed message by Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    In the message, Pruden said because of "terrential rainfalls" and the "anticipation of significant rainfall overnight," the district has decided to cancel classes for Thursday, Sept. 30.

    For more information, call the district's central office at 253-2900.

  • Weather watch: Rising water has many on standby

    Rising water from a deluge of rain has residents on standby and drivers traveling cautiously throughout Brunswick County. A number of areas, including roads leading to Holden Beach, are impassable due to flooding and ponding.

    There’s also concern about the Shallotte River, which has been rising consistently since 8 a.m. Thursday and threatening to flood along Main Street in Shallotte.

    “We are very concerned,” said Brenda Milliken at Shallotte Electric, where employees have been moving materials to higher levels.