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TROPICAL WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA
Tropical Storm Chris brings North Carolina swimming warnings
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) – Tropical Storm Chris has prompted warnings to swimmers and surfers in North Carolina.
The National Weather Service does not have any tropical storm or hurricane warnings in effect in North Carolina. But forecasters said swimming could be dangerous from the Outer Banks to the Wilmington area beaches on Monday.
The weather service said current conditions could create currents than can sweep swimmers and surfers into rip currents or piers and jetties.
At 5 a.m., Chris was about 200 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The storm has winds of 60 mph. It is moving south at 1 mph. The storm is expected to be stationary for the next day or so. It is expected to move northeast beginning late Tuesday.
POLICE SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina officer wounds woman as man won’t drop gun
(Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com)
GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – A woman has been shot and wounded after a North Carolina police officer fired at a man who refused to drop a gun.
News outlets reported Gastonia officers were called to a home around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Gaston Gazette reported police said a man refused to drop his gun and an officer fired. The bullet struck a woman who was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. Her name has not been released.
Thirty-one-year-old Jarvis Sentell Lynn is charged with possession of a gun by a felon and resisting police. It was not known if he has a lawyer.
Police Chief Robert Helton said the officer is leave while police and the State Bureau of Investigation review the shooting. The officer’s name has not been released.
Man arrested in woman’s shooting death in North Carolina
LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A man has been arrested after a woman was shot to death at a home in North Carolina.
The Davidson County Sheriff’s office said in a news release that deputies were called to a home outside Lexington around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Sheriff David Grice said 45-year-old Gregory Laverne Kennedy of Lexington has been charged with murder.
Deputies called to the home found 50-year-old Wanda Taylor dead from a gunshot wound.
Grice said Kennedy lives in the home with Wanda Taylor’s sister.
Deputies have not released a possible motive. Kennedy is scheduled to appear in court Monday. There is no attorney listed for him yet.
Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others
YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) – The remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl has rushed over Dominica but then dissipated, lessening the threat to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which had braced for heavy rains and strong winds less than a year after being battered by hurricanes.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the system’s winds will fall below gale force during the night as it heads on a path expected to take it south of those islands. But forecasters also caution that people should be alert for possible heavy rain that could cause flooding or mudslides.
Beryl disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before crossing over Dominica, which is still rebuilding more than nine months after Hurricane Maria killed dozens of people.
There was no early word on damage from the storm on Dominica.
HAITI PROTESTS-STRANDED AMERICANS
Haiti unrest strands a number of US volunteer groups
Volunteer groups from several U.S. states are stranded in Haiti after violent protests over fuel prices canceled flights and made roads unsafe.
Church groups in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among those who haven’t been able to leave, according to newspaper and television reports.
Chapin United Methodist Church in South Carolina posted online Sunday that its mission team is safe but stranded. Marcy Kenny, assimilation minister for the church, told The State newspaper that the group is hoping the unrest will abate enough for them to make it to the airport.
A North Carolina doctor and his son were part of a medical mission group had flights canceled. Shelley Collins tells WRAL-TV that her husband, James, and their son made it to an airport but were having trouble getting a flight.
BEACH DREDGING PROJECT
Beach town considers resuming dredging to contain stormwater
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina beach town is considering whether to continue with a lake dredging process that was halted after an Army complaint.
The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider at its meeting Tuesday whether to finish a project of deepening Carolina Beach Lake so it would catch more storm water and help prevent street flooding.
The StarNews reports that the project was about halfway done when it was halted late last year after Army officials told them they couldn’t dump the dredged up material on undeveloped land owned by the military.
Mayor Joe Benson said options include using dredging funds for something else or developing a plan to deposit dredged material as an island in the middle of the lake. He told the newspaper he hopes the dredging will resume.
NORTH CAROLINA-SWIMMER DIES
Swimmer dies in rough conditions off North Carolina
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) – A man has died after being swept away by rough surf and strong currents of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
The Town of Kill Devil Hills issued a news release saying the man went swimming Saturday despite red flags that showed swimming was prohibited because of rough conditions.
Town officials say the man in his 60s was caught in strong currents that moved him quickly to the South.
Lifeguards jumped in and pulled him out, but he was unresponsive. Lifeguards and paramedics tried CPR. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name wasn’t immediately released.
Several people have died off the Outer Banks this year swimming in rough conditions.
Authorities didn’t immediately return messages asking whether a tropical weather system off the East Coast contributed to the death.