Ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s impending arrival in southeastern NC, Mayor Saffo will sign a state of emergency at 5 p.m. today. The hurricane has been downgraded to a category 2, moving 2 mph with 110 mph winds tracked 105 miles off the coast of Florida.
NC mandatory evacuations of barrier islands begin Wednesday at 8 a.m. and include Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island. A voluntary evacuation is underway for all other residents in Wilmington and New Hanover County, as county officials warn of a 1- to 3-foot storm surge.
Governor Cooper, along with state representatives Tillis, Burr and Rouzer, were in Wilmington earlier today before the noon press briefing. Officials announced Dorian’s projected path passing 25 miles off our coast, with tropical storm force winds expanding Tropical storm force winds now extend out 175 miles from its center and hurricane-force winds extend out up to 60 miles. Conditions are expected to worsen Thursday around 3 a.m. and subside by Friday afternoon, with the forecast showing 4-10 inches of rain.
“It’s an indication this is not the rain and flood event we had with Florence,” says Steven Still, director of emergency management for NHC.
The Coast Guard is moving boats and aircrafts to safe harbor for quick response.
“Be vigilant, take care and make preparations earlier than later,” Mayor Saffo forewarned.
Officials suggest everyone’s hurricane preparation/evacuation plan be in place by Wednesday at 8 p.m.
SHELTERS AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION
New Hanover County Schools will close Wednesday until further notice. UNCW and Brunswick Community College classes have been canceled through the end of the week, while Cape Fear Community College has canceled Wednesday-Saturday classes and all events.
Two shelters will open on Wednesday at 10 a.m. including:
Blair Elementary on Blair School Road (also known as Wrightsville Beach at Blair Elementary)
*Pet colocation shelter for cats and dogs; animals are maintained in a separate area, with owners allowed visitation at designated times
6510 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28405
Codington Elementary School
4321 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
Each shelter has over 100 beds and the county ensured it was working to see the local homeless population is safe. ID will not be needed to receive shelter, and WAVE transit will be making stops at the shelters. Folks can log onto emergencynhc.com for detailed information, as well as see maps of areas prone to flooding.
Citizens can call New Hanover County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 910-798-6800, which will operate 24 hours a day through the storm.
Read about event cancellations and closings here.