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Isaias weakens to a tropical storm over eastern North Carolina, says National Hurricane Center
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Isaias weakens to a tropical storm over eastern North Carolina, says National Hurricane Center.



Isaias downgraded to tropical storm over eastern N. Carolina
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Hurricane Isaias has been downgraded down to a tropical storm after making landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to an official with the National Hurricane Center. Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center, told The Associated Press, “Now that the center has moved further inland into east North Carolina, the winds are now coming back down, so it has been downgraded back to a tropical storm.” áOcean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith told WECT-TV that the storm set off flooding and sparked five home fires. Duke Energy reported hundreds of thousands of power outages as heavy rains and winds battered areas including Wrightsville, Kure, and Carolina beaches in Wilmington, North Carolina.



Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center
Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. (AP) – Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.



Cooper, Forest lawyers argue over governor’s COVID-19 powers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest are heading to court over whether some of Cooper’s COVID-19 executive orders should be blocked because other elected officials didn’t consent to them. A state judge scheduled online arguments for Tuesday between lawyers for Forest and Cooper, who are also running against each other for governor this fall. The Republican lieutenant governor sued the Democratic incumbent last month, saying Cooper’s orders shuttering businesses and mandating face coverings needed the concurrence of the Council of State. Cooper contends he has other emergency powers that let him act unilaterally.



Parrish named acting secretary of N.C. technology agency
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A deputy within North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s agency managing information technology for state government is now the department’s acting secretary. Cooper announced this week that Thomas Parrish IV will fill the Cabinet position vacated by Tracy Doaks, who was secretary briefly before taking another job at a nonprofit. Parrish has most recently been serving as deputy chief information officer within the Department of Information Technology, and has had 27 years of local and state government experience. The “acting secretary” title means Parrish won’t be subject for now to any confirmation vote by the state Senate.



Shops closed, beaches deserted as Isaias nears the Carolinas
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Coastal shops and restaurants have closed early and both residents and tourists have abandoned the beaches as a newly restrengthened Hurricane Isaias speeds toward the Carolinas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center expected the storm to hit land later Monday night. Isaias was upgraded again to a hurricane Monday evening with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It was centered about 40 miles east northeast of Myrtle Beach. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned oceanside home dwellers to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches áof rain in spots, as Isaias moves up the coast. A tropical storm warning extended all the way up to Maine, where flash flooding was possible in some areas on Wednesday.



Police: Officer-involved shooting leaves one dead
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say that one person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Mooresville. Mooresville police spokeswoman Kim Sellers said in an email that the incident occurred Sunday night. She wrote that officers had responded to a residence for a domestic incident that reportedly involved an assault. One fatality occurred after police arrived. Sellers said that the North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. No further details were released. Mooresville is located north of Charlotte.



North Carolina county to help people with utility bills
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Officials in a North Carolina county have set aside money to help families who are late in paying their utility bills due to COVID-19. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Wake County will give up to $500 per household to help residents pay their overdue bill. County officials say the $5 million, which comes from the federal Coronavirus Air Relief and Economic Security Act, should help nearly 10,000 families. Applicants must have “suffered financially from COVID-19,” be Wake County residents and be able to submit their unpaid utility bills.



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