Storm Stories

Storm Stories is a collection of stories from Hurricane Florence. This podcast and radio series explores resilience and recovery in the coastal region through local stories. Broadcasting from the Working Narratives' studio in coastal North Carolina the series tells real people stories.

Hosted ByLaura Bratton

Storm Stories is a multimedia documentation project that follows the impacts of Hurricane Florence on real people’s lives—- offering stories not often told in the public sphere. The content is collaboratively created by professional journalists, community media makers, youth producers, and ordinary community members dedicated to documenting the impact of Florence on our region.

Storm Stories takes you on a journey through regional issues of geography, race, identity, culture, economics, and politics. Florence left behind wrecked homes and did millions of dollars in damage but its ongoing consequences go beyond that. These consequences are complex and interconnected and reveal surprising things about our communities and about ourselves.


All Episodes

Drug Use, Hurricane Florence, & COVID-19

Illicit drug users face unique challenges during disasters like Hurricane Florence and COVID-19. What happens when dealers leave town or shelter-in-place? How do overdose rates change? Find out on...

HIV, Hurricanes & COVID-19 in coastal North Carolina

When people living with HIV in coastal North Carolina talk about how they prepared for Hurricane Florence, their considerations are about the same as the average person – with...

Two Kinds of Storms: Coronavirus & Hurricanes

In this episode, we explore how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting people who are still in recovery from Hurricane Florence. We also talk about how our experience with hurricanes...

Sex Work and Hurricanes

For the second episode of Storm Stories, we’re diving deep into the transactional sex industry during and after hurricanes. How does the market for transactional sex change when natural...

A Home Takes Heart

We kick off Season 2 of Storm Stories with stories about the struggle for affordable housing in the year and a half since Hurricane Florence. In this episode, two...

A Home Takes Heart

Yndiana Montes Special

In this short special, grassroots journalist and activist Yndiana Montes discusses how our water sources are impacted by discharge from the hog and poultry industries after storms. Montes uses...

Yndiana Montes Special

Hurricane Dorian Special

Storm Stories podcast asked folks to call in messages of support to their neighbors and the response so far has been overwhelming – over 45 calls across 7 counties....

Hurricane Dorian Special

Should you stay or should you go

During a disaster, whether to evacuate or stay is probably the most critical decision you can make. What goes into it? For Chris Depompeis the answer is complicated.  ...

Neighborhood Love

When Hurricane Florence struck, the city of Wilmington got plenty of attention from media outlets and government agencies. But few had the ability to do what community activist Cedric...