Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help. The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas — $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund. "It just hits home," Jordan told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I know all of those places: Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, and Wallace, which is where my father is from. So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home." The 55-year-old Jordan said he still has an aunt, cousins and several buddies who live in coastal North Carolina. He also has a nephew who attends UNC Wilmington, which has remains closed while recovering from the damage. … [Read more...] about Michael Jordan Donates $2M for Hurricane Florence Relief in North Carolina
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jonathan Drew Associated Press September 14, 2018 WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued. Pieces of buildings ripped apart by the storm flew through the air.Most ominously, forecasters said the terrifying onslaught would last for hours and hours, because Florence was barely creeping along and still drawing energy from the ocean. Advertisement Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane a few miles east of Wilmington, as the center of its eye moved onshore near Wrightsville Beach, the National Hurricane Center said. … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina
Jonathan Drew, Associated Press Updated 11:18 pm CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 Now Playing: The Goose Creek shelter is one of the primary shelters for many Charleston area residents who have evacuated their homes in response to approaching tropical weather in South Carolina. (Sept. 13) Media: Associated Press WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say conditions will only worsen as the hulking storm slogs inland. Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90 mph (144 kph) by nightfall. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward … [Read more...] about Florence’s onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina
News 11 // 12 Sep 2018, 01:54 IST SHARE It's referred to as the Super Bowl of equestrian competition. The World Equestrian Games are scheduled to kick off Wednesday at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, a small town about two hours west of Charlotte, and will run through Sept. 23 — although Hurricane Florence has the potential to postpone some events.The games, which take place every four years — in the middle of the Summer Olympics cycle — at various locations around the world, will feature more than 600 equestrians from 71 countries and six continents competing in eight different disciplines. Nearly 700 horses will be competing in the 2018 Games, which are expected to attract more than a half-million people. This is only the second time the WEG has been held in the United States. The other was eight years ago in Lexington, Kentucky. Mark Bellissimo … [Read more...] about ‘Super Bowl of equestrian’ set to begin in North Carolina
Mesfin Fekadu, Ap Music Writer Updated 9:19 am, Friday, April 27, 2018 Photo: Michael Zorn, Michael Zorn/Invision/AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017 file photo, J. Cole performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festivalin Philadelphia. The Platinum-selling rapper is honoring his home state by launching a music festival in North Carolina this September 2018. Dreamville Records and ScoreMore Shows announced Friday, April 27, 2018, that the inaugural Dreamville Festival will debut Sept. 15 in Raleigh at Dorothea Dix Park. Cole, who was born on a military base in Germany, was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina.(Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017 file photo, J. Cole performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festivalin Philadelphia. The Platinum-selling rapper is honoring his home state by launching a music festival in … [Read more...] about J. Cole to launch music festival in North Carolina in Sept.