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2017 NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of people came out to enjoy the event that continues to grow each year.  This was the 14th annual festival and there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Events included music, a 5K, shagging contest, food and of course lots and lots of blueberries.

The town was excited to celebrate in their favorite shade of blue, despite the weather.

“It was a little bit rainier then we had hoped, but it’s been a lot of fun. It brings the community together, it brings people in the Burgaw, which is really good. You want to bring others in show them what a great community we are in,” 2017 Miss NC Blueberry Festival Queen Kayleigh Riker said.

If you missed out on the fun this year, the festival is every year on the third Saturday in June.
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Heavy Rain, Quarter-Sized Hail Possibly On Deck For Charlotte Tuesday Evening

Heavy Rain, Quarter-Sized Hail Possibly On Deck For Charlotte Tuesday Evening

Storms bringing heavy rain and possible quarter-sized hail are moving into the Charlotte metro region. Here’s what you need to know.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Storms moving into the Piedmont of North Carolina Tuesday evening are expected to develop Tuesday afternoon into the evening and will bring with them heavy rainfall and lightning, according to the National Weather Service.

Some of the storms could spur severe weather with damaging wind gusts and quarter-sized hail, NWS said June 13 in a hazardous weather alert.

NWS’ alert extends through Tuesday, and no hazardous weather is expected later in the week, according to the service. (Sign up for our free daily newsletters and Breaking News Alerts for the Charlotte Patch. iPhone users can download the Patch app in the App Store. Plus, like Charlotte Patch on Facebook.)

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via Updated June 13, 2017 4:12 pm ET

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Stalled front prompts rain threat this week, weekend


— Chilly Tuesday temperatures around central North Carolina will kick off a week-long forecast that includes plenty of chances for rain.

A stationary storm front sliced through the state on a diagonal from the northwest counties down to southeast counties on the coast. That front will help funnel storms into the region for the rest of the week.

“This is going ot be our pattern for today, tomorrow, really all the way into Saturday,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “This front is just going to sit here, and the moisture is going to ride right along it.”

On Tuesday, small showers will pop up throughout the day, but more widespread rain will hold off until the early evening, Gardner said.

“Timing these little disturbances coming through is a little difficult,” Gardner said. “But I do expect that this afternoon—several of the computer models do show that about the time of the evening commute that band of rain coming on through.”

The chance of rain dips to 25 percent from 1 to 3 p.m. but rises to 40 percent by 5 p.m.

Gardner said because of the incoming front and varying cloud, do not expect temperatures to remain constant this week.

“These temperatures tell a pretty amazing story with much cooler temperatures than we’re use to this time of year,” Gardner said.

“This tells you what impact sunshine has as we get into May. As the sun comes out later, it will warm things up pretty quickly. But we’re stuck in the cloud cover right now.”

Temperatures will fluctuate all week, topping out in the mid-60s on Tuesday, spiking to near 80 on Wednesday and Thursday, and dropping back into the 60s for the end of the week.

The constant, though, is the chance for rain, which lingers all the way into Saturday and could soak some weekend graduation events.

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Cloud, Cooler Tuesday with hit & miss showers

The front that moved through last night will leave behind a shower or two today, along with lots of clouds. After seven straight days of high temperatures in the 80s, it will be much cooler today with temperatures rising no higher than the 60s.

High pressure building in over the northeastern U.S. will ridge southward tonight. That will lead to mostly dry weather for most of the region during that time. But then, as the high moves off to the east and the surface ridge breaks down, lower-level winds will turn more out of the south and southeast. This will usher moist air back into the region tomorrow and that leads to a few hit-and-miss showers.

That warm front will move north of the region late tomorrow and we will be back into an unseasonably warm weather pattern for both Thursday and Friday as readings warm back into the 80s.

A surface low tracking will force a cold front southward to near the North Carolina-Virginia border on Friday afternoon. This brings parts of Central North Carolina a shower or thunderstorm on Friday afternoon into Friday evening.

The front will become stationary over Central North Carolina on Friday night and Saturday.

As another storm system approaches from the west, the stalled front will move northward as a warm front on Sunday, triggering a shower or thunderstorm over parts of the region.

That front will force the front through Central North Carolina on Sunday night and Monday with showers and thunderstorms.

Have a great Tuesday!


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AquaDry Waterproofing Foundation Piers

The soils in North Carolina are tough on homes and many homeowners will have foundation problems at some point. Cracks in the walls, and doors and windows that stick shut and unlevel floors are all common signs of foundation problems. If you start to notice these issues in your home, it is important to have a professional inspect your foundation. Wall cracks left alone will continue to get worse which can lead to expensive repairs. Taking care of these issues sooner rather than later will save you money.

If you find yourself in need of foundation repair, follow these quick tips. Find a reputable company that is customer oriented and uses quality foundation piers. If you know nothing about foundation piers, research them online. Also, ask about their warranties. There are several different types of piers and many will not fix your foundation permanently. The foundation piers are going to protect your home, so it is important that they are quality piers.

At AquaDry Waterproofing & Structural Reinforcement, we use DynaPier® foundation piers to repair home foundations. The reasons are simple, the DynaPier® has several distinct advantages over the competition. The DynaPier® was built to last and provides superior strength other piers can not match.

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Benefits of the DynaPier®

For example, the DynaPier® is one of the only piers on the market that is constructed of both concrete and steel. It uses the strength of both to permanently support your home. Second, it is installed directly beneath the foundation, which means that the foundation will not be weakened by drilling into it. Several companies drill holes into the footing which can compromise the structural integrity of the footing.

Another huge benefit is that the DynaPier® is pressed all the way to bedrock or hard strata, until it reaches the point of resistance. This means that the pier is pressed until it can’t be pushed any further. Most other companies use piers that rely on the friction from the soil to hold them in place. When the soil shrinks and expands due to weather conditions these piers settle and so does the house they’re supposed to be holding up.

It’s easy to see why our piering system is superior to our competition. If your foundation shows signs of settling, like cracks in the walls and ceilings, doors and windows that stick or unlevel floors. Give us a call.

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White Creek fire grows to 585 acres

NEBO – Burnout operations and dry conditions Friday afternoon caused the White Creek fire to grow significantly, with the fire estimated at 585 acres Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters worked Friday night and Saturday to re-establish firelines on the south end of the wildfire near Shortoff Mountain. The blaze, initially reported to be 10 acres, was first spotted by hikers around 4 p.m. Thursday near at the southern end of the Linville Gorge wilderness on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. It grew to 75 acres by midday Friday.

The fire area received around a half-inch of rainfall overnight Friday into Saturday, which helped but did not extinguish the fire, according to the Forest Service. Surveys of the area found active flames still visible.

Firefighters conducted burn out operations Saturday to secure the southern edge of the fire. The Linville Gorge area has an extensive fire history, which allows firefighters to fall back to existing lines established in the Table Rock (2013), Shortoff (2007), and Brushy Ridge (2000) fires, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For the protection of public health and safety, the U.S. Forest Service has issued an emergency closure for the Shortoff Trail (Trail No. 235) and the Mountains to Sea Trail (Trail No. 440) from Old N.C. 105 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area. Other trails also were closed.

All U.S. Forest Service lands east of State Road 1238 (Old N.C. 105/Kistler Memorial Highway), south of Conley Cove Trail (No. 229), south of Table Rock Picnic Area, and west of Back Irish Creek Forest Service Road 118 (Blue Gravel Road) and Roses Creek Forest Service Road 99, north of N.C. 126, are closed.

Trail closure

  • Shortoff Trail (No. 235)
  • Rock Jock Trail (No. 247)
  • Pinch-In Trail (No. 228)
  • Linville Gorge Trail (No. 231) south of Conley Cove Trail (No. 229)
  • Mountains-to-Sea Trail (No. 440) from State Road 1238 at Pinnacles to the Table Rock Picnic Area
  • Any social trails existing within the closure area

The public is asked to avoid the area. The closure area is subject to change with fire conditions, and fire managers are looking at a larger area closure that would include the southern portion of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.

By Saturday, 147 firefighters were on the scene. The U.S. Forest Service is leading fire response efforts, with support from the N.C. Forest Service, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Burke County Emergency Management, and N.C. Emergency Management.

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It will still be damp to start this morning across the Triangle, but lighter and spotty rain will come to an end as drier air comes in. Some sunshine will return this afternoon and an overall warmer day is in store with a northwest wind gusting 30mph.

The dry, colder air will really be noticed tonight when temperatures tumble into the 20s.

The nor’easter will send arctic air across the region for Wednesday and Thursday. At the same time, surface high pressure will build in from the west. Despite sunshine, temperatures will be no higher than the 40s, nearly 20 degrees below normal for mid-March for both Wednesday and Thursday.

Warmer air will return by the end of the week as high pressure moves to the east and surface winds turn more out of the south.

A storm moving into British Columbia today and tonight will move gradually to the east. This system will bring a trailing cold front into the Appalachians late on Friday and through Central North Carolina on Friday night and Saturday. That will bring us a chance for showers to start the weekend.

Have a great Tuesday!




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Weather Latest: Cold front moves in bringing rain & snow

Wind Advisory until 7pm for Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery and mountains of Burke, Polk, McDowell and Rutherford counties. Power outages and downed trees possible.

A strong cold front will move through early Thursday, bringing an end to rain and a return to bitter cold weather.

Bundle up! Wind chills will likely range from the 10s to 20s across the mountains.

Snowfall accumulations will be limited to the higher elevations (3,500 feet +), but don’t be surprised to see flakes fly as far south as Asheville.

Today: Partly sunny with isolated rain or snow showers this morning…then mostly sunny this afternoon. Windy and much cooler with highs in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

Tonight: Mostly clear and windy, cold with lows in the lower 20s. North winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

Friday: Sunny. Not as cool with highs around 50. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph…becoming south in the afternoon.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph after midnight.


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