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  • Tropical depression No. 2 forms, storm warning issued for South Carolina, likely to track into NC

    Published On: May 27 2016 04:14:26 PM CDT   Updated On: May 27 2016 08:55:21 PM CDT

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    MIAMI -

    A tropical storm warning has been issued for the South Carolina coast after forecasters say the second tropical cyclone of the Atlantic season formed.
        
    The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the warning issued Friday extends across the entire South Carolina coast. The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.
        
    Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast Saturday night. About 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected to fall over parts of coastal Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
        
    The depression has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and is centered about 400 miles (695 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.

    Tropical Storm Two is forecasted to reach landfall near Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The expected path moves it up the coast and downgrades it back to a Tropical Depression Monday afternoon as it approaches Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Current models continue to move it up the coast through the beginning of the week, making it offshore of Ocracoke Island Wednesday afternoon.

    The South Carolina Coast could see a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet above sea level, and 2 to 4 inches of rainfall. The North Carolina Coast will see a much weaker storm as it travels up the coast. We are expecting lower wind speeds between 10-25 mph, and periods of moderate to heavy rainfall. 

    We will continue to track this Tropical Depression as it intensifies, and will have updated information as it slowly approaches the coast.

  • Two F/A-18s from Virginia Beach air station crash off N.C. Coast; four pilots rescued

    Published On: May 26 2016 11:12:48 AM CDT   Updated On: May 26 2016 11:08:23 PM CDT
    OREGON INLET, N.C. -

    Two Navy jet fighters crashed off the coast of North Carolina during a training mission Thursday, and their four crew members were airlifted to a hospital with minor injuries after being plucked out of the Atlantic Ocean by a commercial fishing vessel and Coast Guard rescuers, officials said.
        
    The F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, based in Virginia Beach, crashed about 10:40 a.m. off the coast of Cape Hatteras, following an "in-flight mishap," said Lt. Cmdr. Tiffani Walker, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Force Atlantic. Walker did not have any further details. Earlier Thursday, the Coast Guard had said the two aircraft collided in the air before crashing.

    CLICK HERE to see a video from WTKR Fox43.com of an interview with the Coast Guard cred involved in the rescue.

    Two of the aviators were rescued by the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Tammy, and the other two survivors were hoisted out of the water by a Coast Guard helicopter, the Coast Guard said in a statement. A second Coast Guard helicopter picked up the aviators from the fishing vessel and all four survivors were taken to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital.
        
    The sea route is heavily traveled by ships entering and leaving Norfolk, one of the busiest cargo ports on the East Coast.
        
    Derick Ansley, an aviation survival technician with the Coast Guard who helped rescue two of the downed aviators, told WTKR-TV that the men had some "dings and bruises" but were in good shape, considering the circumstances.
        
    "In my opinion, the guys got pretty lucky," Ansley said. "Everything happened exactly the way it should have in that situation and somebody was looking over their shoulder when it was happening. For people to walk away from that is a pretty amazing thing," he said.
        
    Claude Morrissey, another Coast Guard rescuer, told WTKR that the aviators ejected from the jet "at a high rate of speed." Ansley said some wreckage from one of the jets was still on the surface of the water when they got to the men.
        
    The four aviators suffered minor injuries but are in "very high spirits," Lt. Cmdr. Krystyn Pecora told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said all were "alert and talking" when they were picked up. Videos taken by WAVY-TV show two aviators getting on stretchers as they exited the helicopter and were taken into the hospital. The other two walked into the hospital on their own, the videos show.
        
    "We're happy to have brought everyone home safely today," Pecora said.
        
    A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident, said Navy spokesman Ensign Mark Rockwellpate.
        
    The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather fighter and attack aircraft that operates in tactical squadrons at stations around the world and from 10 aircraft carriers, the Navy says on its website. The Super Hornet, the newest model, has a longer range, aerial refueling capability and improved survivability and lethality, according to the website.
        
    Each of the planes costs at least $57 million, the Navy says.
        
    The jets that crashed Thursday were performing training exercises and are not currently assigned to an aircraft carrier, Walker said. The crew is part of Strike Fighter Squadron 211, based in Virginia Beach.
        
    A rescue helicopter was dispatched from the Coast Guard's air station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The station's helicopters perform ocean search-and-rescue operations off North Carolina and Virginia as far east as Bermuda.

  • Final leg of U.S. 70 Goldsboro bypass opened ahead of Memorial Day

    Published On: May 27 2016 10:16:11 AM CDT   Updated On: May 27 2016 06:58:31 PM CDT
    GOLDSBORO, Wayne County -

    The N.C. Department of Transportation held a ribbon cutting Friday to officially open the completed U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass to traffic Friday morning.

    Governor Pat McCrory and N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson joined state and local representatives Friday morning to open the completed U.S. 70 Goldsboro Bypass. The new bypass will relieve heavy traffic congestion, improve local access and increase safety along the corridor.

    “The Goldsboro Bypass is a great example of what we are working to accomplish throughout the state, relieving the bottlenecks that are not just an obstacle to efficient travel, but also to increased prosperity and improved quality of life,” Governor McCrory said in a press release. “This bypass brings us closer to realizing our vision for this corridor and the many benefits that come from improved highway connections.”

    Construction on the 20-mile bypass has been completed in phases over many years. The first section opened in late 2011.  The final leg will span from U.S. 70 just west of N.C. 581 in Wayne County to U.S. 70 just east of Promise Land Road in Lenoir County.

    The total cost of the project is estimated at $246 million according to the NCDOT.

  • Snake results in power outage for customers in New Bern

    Published On: May 26 2016 12:11:18 PM CDT
    NEW BERN, Craven County -

    About 800 customers in New Bern were without power for a period of time Thursday morning as the result of a snake, according to the City of New Bern.

    The power outage happened on the south side of the city. On its Twitter account, the City of New Bern said crews were dispatched and were working to restore the power.  Workers found a snake in a substation.

    Power was restored shortly after noon.

  • UNC system says it won't enforce transgender bathroom rules

    Published On: May 27 2016 06:14:16 PM CDT
    RALEIGH -

    The University of North Carolina system says in legal filings that it won't try to enforce a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.
        
    The affidavit by system leader Margaret Spellings was filed Friday along with a motion asking a federal court to halt civil legal proceedings against the university system while a higher court decides a separate case on transgender rights.
        
    Spellings writes that, pending the case's outcome: "I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex."
        
    A legal brief by the university system's lawyers says nothing in the state law keeps students from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity because it contains no enforcement mechanisms.

  • New Hwy. 17 Bypass construction underway, expectations are high

    Published On: May 26 2016 06:34:55 PM CDT

    Work has begun on the Highway 17 Bypass in places like Maysville. It's supposed to help with traffic and give drivers increased speeds to get from the capital to the coast and vice versa.

  • Greenville Police looking for suspects in Target larceny, one who bit employee on arm

    Published On: May 27 2016 01:05:11 PM CDT   Updated On: May 27 2016 01:11:27 PM CDT

    The Greenville Police Department is asking for help locating two women they said stole from a local Target location, one of them who bit an employee when confronted.

  • Swansboro Police trying to find potted plant thief

    Published On: May 27 2016 01:36:16 PM CDT

    Swansboro Police are trying to locate a woman they said was caught on a surveillance camera stealing plants outside La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant.

  • May 27 6 p.m. sports report

    Published On: May 27 2016 05:32:24 PM CDT

    Our 6 p.m. sports has ACC baseball tournament highlights, high school sports and more.

  • Military honors WWII veteran 70 years after ultimate sacrifice

    Published On: May 27 2016 07:07:04 PM CDT

    The military held a ceremony Friday to recognize a World War II medic more than 70 years after he gave his life to save someone else.