WNCT Special: Salute to Hispanic Heritage
WNCT recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month with a special devoted to local, state and national stories about the culture and people.
Tropical Storm With Dangerous Storm Surge Heads for North Carolina The National Hurricane Center (NHC) confirmed a cyclone churning in the Atlantic Ocean had strengthened to a tropical storm on Friday, September 22. Weather officials warned that coastal areas of North Carolina and Virginia should prepare for heavy rain, gusty winds, and marine hazards including storm surge. Twitter user @WaltDawgNC said he filmed this footage of the tide at Emerald Isle, North Carolina, on Friday. A flood watch, a storm surge watch, and a tropical storm warning were all in effect for Emerald Isle, with the National Weather Service warning of a storm surge up to 3 feet. Credit: @WaltDawgNC via Storyful
UK Archaeologists Discover Oldest Known Wooden Structure in Zambia Researchers from two UK universities have discovered what they say is the oldest known wooden structure, which they found at the Kalambo Falls, in Zambia, and, at almost 500,000 years old, predates the emergence of Homo sapiens. The team, from the University of Liverpool and the University of Aberystwyth, say the structure is at least 476,000 years old. The discovery was first made in 2019, and the final results of the analysis of the wooden structure were published on September 20. The archaeologists think the two large logs they found were joined together to make a structure, possibly the foundation of a platform or part of a dwelling. Once the discovery was made, the wooden structure was brought to the UK for further analysis, conducted by researchers at Aberystwyth University. Prof Larry Barham, from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Archaeology, said whoever built this structure “transformed their surroundings to make life easier, even if it was only by making a platform to sit on by the river to do their daily chores. These folks were more like us than we thought.” Credit: University of Liverpool via Storyful
Rhino Celebrates 21st Birthday in Queensland on World Rhino Day DJ the rhino had more than one reason to celebrate his 21st birthday at Australia Zoo in Queensland, as he shared his special occasion with World Rhino Day on September 22. The southern white rhino celebrated with a mud bath and plenty of presents. Southern white rhinos are listed as near-threatened in the wild, and Australia Zoo has been caring for DJ for 16 years. Conservationist Terri Irwin said, “DJ is such a special part of our Australia Zoo family, and he has reached a remarkable milestone in his life.” Credit: Australia Zoo via Storyful
Wildfire Smoke Shrouds San Francisco Amid Air Quality Alert Wildfire smoke shrouded parts of California’s Bay Area on Thursday, September 21, prompting air quality alerts in the region. According to local media, the smoke was caused by multiple active wildfires burning further north in the state and in Oregon. Footage captured by Jeffrey Baker shows hazy skies in San Francisco on Wednesday. Smoke would begin to diminish in the area on Friday, the National Weather Service said. Credit: Jeffrey Baker via Storyful
Smithsonian Zoo Celebrates Arrival of Five Cheetah Cubs The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute recently welcomed five cheetah cubs at the zoo’s campus in Front Royal, Virginia, the zoo announced on Thursday, September 21. Three male and two female cubs were born to mother Echo, the zoo said, describing the newborns as “strong, active, vocal.” The litter’s arrival is the institute’s 81st cheetah birth, the zoo said. Footage from the zoo’s “cheetah cub cam” shows the cubs cuddling with their mother and climbing on top of each other. Credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute via Storyful
Toledo Zoo Announces Birth of Twin Amur Tigers The Toledo Zoo in Ohio recently celebrated the birth of two Amur tiger cubs, the zoo announced on Thursday, September 21. The adorable cubs were born on July 20 to mother Tayla and father Titan, who also welcomed twins in 2021, the zoo said. This footage released by the zoo Thursday shows the cubs climbing over each other and pawing at their mother. The cubs weighed 15 and 16 pounds at their latest checkup in early September and were “doing well off-exhibit,” the zoo said. Credit: Toledo Zoo via Storyful