WNCN.com’s most popular stories of 2016
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As 2016 wraps up, the CBS North Carolina digital team is looking back at the turbulent year the state experienced.
There has been no shortage of disaster, tumult and tragedy this year, but North Carolinians have also reacted with hope, coming together in the face of natural disasters in both the eastern and western parts of the state.
Below is a list we’ve compiled of the most popular North Carolina stories of the year.
Hurricane Matthew and the North Carolina mountain wildfires
In less than one month, North Carolina was hit by two major natural disasters.
On Oct. 8, Hurricane Matthew dumped up to 15 inches of rain in parts of eastern North Carolina, setting off catastrophic flooding.
On Nov. 5, the Party Rock fire broke out near Lake Lure. That fire, along with more than a dozen others in the state, scorched tens of thousands of acres and forced the evacuation of more