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

Storm Stories: 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...

Storm Stories: Working Together

As climate change pushes ocean temperatures higher, the damage from hurricanes will increase. There’s the government response to these history-making disasters, and then there’s the response of people like...

Storm Stories: That isn’t a lake

Every disaster has its evacuees, people who do just as they’re told and leave once the government sounds the alarm. But what happens when they have nothing to return...

Storm Stories: EMT

As Hurricane Florence battered the Southeast, some had no choice but to stay. Before, during, and after the hurricane, the 911 calls kept coming, and first responders like Aaron...

Storm Stories: Fair Bluff

Gloria Walters is one of a growing number of people adapting to the new realities of climate change displacement. Hit by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, her hometown of Fair...

Storm Stories: Love in the Time of Disaster

Sometimes resiliency isn’t just about personal fortitude. Hurricanes show us exactly who we are by showing us exactly how much we need each other. As Lacy Shannon learned, the...