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National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City

On Wednesday, February 23rd, severe weather moved through the area spawning two tornados.  We speak with Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service John Cole about damages from the storm.

Eastern North Carolina has been inundated with rain when a system stalled along the coast, dumping up to 22 inches of rain in some areas.  The slow moving nor’easter combined with tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin and caused widespread flooding across the region on Sunday and Monday. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with local emergency services personnel about the impacts of the recent heavy rains and flooding.  And, we explore how an uptick in minority owned businesses is contributing to the state's rebounding economy. 

It's been an unusually active winter season with four snow storms so far.  We speak with local meteorologists about the reason why we're experiencing an increase in winter weather and find out what impacts the snow could have on our homes and vehicles.

It's been an unusually active winter season with four snow storms so far.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with local meteorologists about the reason why we're experiencing an increase in winter weather and find out what impacts the snow could have on our homes and vehicles.  And, the doldrums of winter are a great time to start planning for your spring vegetable garden.  Anne Edwards has tips during the Garden Journal.  Hear the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations and Saturday and noon on News and Ideas.