Hurricane Florence: What we know Thursday, plus evacuations, shelters & predictions

FLORENCE PATH.JPG

Click here to watch live.

Monster storm Hurricane Florence is barreling closer to the coast of the Carolinas.

Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 mph (225 kph) to 110 mph (175 kph), reducing it to a Category 2 storm. But authorities warn Florence has an enormous wind field as it zeroes in on the Southeast U.S. coast, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely dangerous.

Early Thursday Florence was about 235 miles (378 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The storm is moving northwest at 17 mph (27 kph).

The National Hurricane Center's says it expects Florence will blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then slog westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

Don't be scared, be prepared!

  • Get an emergency weather kit together and have a plan of action as to where you would go if flooding threatens your home.
  • Prepare for the possibility of power outages for an extended period of time.
  • Trim large, low-hanging limbs away from your home.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Tie down loose outdoor items or furniture.

Shelters

(for the latest shelter capacity info, dial 2-1-1 or download the ReadyNC app.)

Alamance County:
The Lamb's Chapel; Open
415 Roxboro Rd.
Haw River, NC 27258

Bertie County:
Bertie County Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
652 US 13N
Windsor, NC 27983

Colerain Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
202 North Academy Street
Colerain, NC 27924

West Bertie Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
3734 Governors Rd.
Kelford, NC 27847

Beaufort County:
Washington High School; Open
400 Slatestone Rd.
Washington, NC 27889

Bladen County:
West Bladen High (Medical Needs and pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 12 noon
1600 NC 410 Hwy.
Bladenboro, NC 28320

East Bladen High; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 12 noon
5600 NC 87 Hwy.
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Bladen Lakes School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 12 noon
9554 Johnsontown Road
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

East Arcadia School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 12 noon
21451 NC Hwy 87 East
Riegelwood, NC 28456

Brunswick County:
South Brunswick High School; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
280 Cougar Rd.
Southport, NC 28461

North Brunswick High School; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
114 Scorpion Dr NE
Leland, NC 28451

West Brunswick High School; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
550 Whiteville Rd NW
Shallotte, NC 28470

Carteret County:
Newport Middle School (pet-friendly); Opened 9/12 at 5 p.m.
500 East Chatham Street
Newport, NC 28570

Chatham County:
Chatham Middle School; Opens Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext.
Siler City, NC 27344

Northwood High School; Opens Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
310 Northwood High School Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Chowan County:
John A. Holmes High School; Opens Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
600 Woodard St.
Edenton, NC 27932

Chowan Middle School (Pet-Friendly); Opens Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
2845 Virginia Road
Tyner, NC 27980

Columbus County:
West Columbus High School
7294 Andrew Jackson Highway SW
Cerro Gordo, NC 28430

East Columbus High School
32 Gator Lane
Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450

Guideway Elementary
11570 Swamp Fox Hwy East
Tabor City, NC 28463

South Columbus High School
40 Stallion Drive
Tabor City, NC 28463

Edgewood Elementary School (pet-friendly)
317 E. Calhoun St.
Whiteville, NC 28472

Craven County:
Havelock High School; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
101 Webb Blvd.
Havelock, NC 28352

Brinson Elementary School; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
319 Neuse Forest Ave.
New Bern, NC 28560

Benn Quinn Elementary School (pet-friendly); Opening date/time - To Be Determined
4275 Martin Luther King Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562

Farm Life Elementary School; Opening date/time - To Be Determined
2000 Farm Life Ave.
Vanceboro, NC 28586

Cumberland County:
Mac Williams Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
4644 Clinton Road
Fayetteville, NC 28312

National Guard Armory; Open
3555 Owen Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28306

Pine Forest High School (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
525 Andrews Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311

Seventy-First High School
6764 Raeford Road; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
Fayetteville, NC 28304

Smith Recreation Center (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
1520 Slater Ave.
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Southview High School (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
4184 Elk Road
Hope Mills, NC 28348

W. T. Brown Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.
2522 Andrews Church Road
Spring Lake, NC 28390

Duplin County:
Beulaville Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
214 Jones St.
Beulaville, NC 28518

Wallace-Rose Hill High; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
602 High School Rd.
Wallace, NC 28464

North Duplin Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
157 N. Duplin School Rd.
Mount Olive, NC 28365

James Kenan High School (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
1241 NC 24 &50 Hwy.
Warsaw, NC 28398

Durham County:
Hillside High School (pet-friendly); Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
3727 Fayetteville Rd.
Durham, NC 27707

Bahama Ruritan Club; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
8202 Stagville Rd.
Bahama, NC 27503

Edgecombe County:
D.S. Johnson Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
600 N. Fairview Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27801

North Edgecombe High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
7589 N.C. 33-NW
Leggett, NC 27886

Tarboro High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
1400 Howard Ave.
Tarboro, NC 27886

Martin Millennium Academy; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
400 E. Johnston St.
Tarboro, NC 27886

GW Carver Elementary School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
604 E. Hamlet St.
Pinetops, NC 27864

Franklin County:
National Guard Armory; Open
200 S Bickett Blvd
Louisburg, NC 27549

Forsyth County:
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial (LJVM) Coliseum; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
2825 University Pkwy
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Granville County: Opening one shelter Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.

Greene County:
Greene Central High School; Opens Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m.
140 School Drive
Snow Hill, NC 28580

Guilford County: Opening one shelter Thursday, Sept. 13

Halifax County:
National Guard Armory; Open
1300 Junior High School Rd.
Scotland Neck, NC 27847

The Centre at Halifax Community College (pet-friendly)
100 College Drive
Weldon, NC 27890

Hertford County:
Hertford County High School (pet-friendly)
1326 1st St. West
Ahoskie, NC 27910

Hoke County:
Don Steed Elementary School (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
800 Phillipi Church Rd
Raeford, NC 28376

Sandy Grove Middle School
300 Chason Road
Lumber Bridge, NC 28377

Johnston County:
North Johnston Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.
435 Oil Company Rd.
Micro, NC 27555

Benson Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.
1600 North Wall St.
Benson, NC 27504

West Johnston High School (Pet-Friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.
3935 Raleigh Rd.
Benson, NC 27504

Lenoir County: Opening three shelters on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 a.m.

Lee County:
National Guard Armory; Open
2214 Nash St.
Sanford, NC 27331
(Designated for coastal evacuees)

SanLee Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
2309 Tramway Road
Sanford, NC

Lenoir County: Opening three shelters on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 a.m. (Locations to be provided)

Martin County:
Riverside Middle School
2920 US Hwy 17
Williamston, NC 27892

Mecklenburg County:
Ardrey Kell High School (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.
10220 Ardrey Kell
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

East Mecklenburg High School (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.
6800 Monroe Road
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28212

North Mecklenburg High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 12 noon
11201 Old Statesville Road
Huntersville, North Carolina 28078

Olympic High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 12 noon
4301 Sandy Porter Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28273

South Mecklenburg High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.
8900 Park Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28210

Moore County:
Agricultural Building; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m.
707 Pinehurst Ave.
Carthage, NC 28327

Nash County:
Englewood Baptist Church; Open
1350 S Winstead Ave.
Rocky Mount, NC 27803

Nash Central High School (pet-friendly); Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m.
4279 Nash Central High Rd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Southern Nash High School
6446 Southern Nash High Rd.
Bailey, NC 27807

New Hanover County:
Trask Middle School; Open
2900 N College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28405

Northampton County:
Conway Middle School
400 East Main St.
Conway, NC 27820

Northampton High School Gaston
152 Hurricane Drive
Gaston, NC 27832

Northampton Cultural and Wellness Center (pet-friendly)
9536 NC 305 Highway
Jackson, NC 27845

Orange County:
Smith Middle School (pet-friendly); (pet-friendly) Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.
9201 Seawell School Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

CW Stanford Middle School (pet-friendly); Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.
308 Orange High School Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Pamlico County:
Pamlico Community College; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
5049 NC 306 Highway South
Grantsboro, NC 28529

Pasquotank County:
Kermit E White Center; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.
1704 Weeksville Rd.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Pender County:
Topsail Elementary School; Open
17385 US-17
Hampstead, NC 28443

Cape Fear Middle School; Open
1886 NC-133
Rocky Point, NC 28457

Malpass Corners Elementary School; Open
4992 Malpass Corner Rd.
Burgaw, NC 28425

Burgaw Middle School pet-friendly; Open
500 S Wright St.
Burgaw, NC 28425

Perquimans County:
Perquimans High School
305 South Edenton Road Street
Hertford, NC 27944

Pitt County:
Ayden Middle School
1207 West 3rd Street
Ayden, NC 28513

Farmville Middle School
800 Grimmersburg Street
Farmville, NC 27828

EB Aycock Middle School
1325 Red Banks Road
Greenville, NC 27858

Hope Middle School
2995 Mills Road
Greenville, NC 27858

Walter B. Jones ADA (functional medical support shelter)
2577 W. 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27834

Wellcome Middle School
3101 N. Memorial Drive
Greenville, NC 27834

Robeson County:
Purnell Sweet High School; Opens Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 noon
11344 Deep Branch Road
Pembroke, NC 28372

Fairmont Middle School; Opens Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 noon
402 Iona Street
Fairmont, NC 28340

St. Pauls High School; Opens Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 noon
648 North Old Stage Road
St. Pauls, NC 28384

Lumberton Senior High School; Opens Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12 noon
3901 Fayetteville Road
Lumberton, NC 28358

Sampson County:
Clinton High School
340 Indian Town Rd.
Clinton, NC 28328

Sampson County Adult Day Care
210 Fisher Drive
Clinton, NC 28328

Union Elementary School
10400 Taylors Bridge Highway
Clinton, NC 28328

Hobbton Middle School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
12081 Hobbton Highway
Newton Grove, NC 28366

Midway High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
15274 Spivey’s Corner Highway
Dunn, NC 28366

Lakewood High School; Opens Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 pm
245 Lakewood School Rd.
Salemburg, NC 28385

Scotland County:
Scotland County High School; Opening Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
1200 West Church Street
Laurinburg, NC 28352

National Guard Armory; Open
1520 South Main St.
Laurinburg, NC 28352

Wake County:
Garner High School; Open
2141 Spring Drive
Garner, NC 27529

Knightdale High School; Open
100 Bryan Chalk Ln.
Knightdale, NC 27545

Southeast Raleigh High School; Open
2600 Rock Quarry Road
Raleigh, NC 27610

Washington County:
Pines Elementary School
3177 US Highway 64 East
Plymouth, NC 27962

Wilson County:
Fike High School; Opening Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
500 Harrison Dr N
Wilson, NC 27893

American Red Cross

As the American Red Cross prepares for a large relief effort across multiple states in response to Hurricane Florence, the Greater Carolinas Region, in collaboration with emergency management partners, is opening shelters for evacuees.

“This is a dangerous storm and could have significant impact inland.” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive officer, American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region. “As we prepare to open 5 shelters in Mecklenburg County for evacuees, we urge anyone in the path of Florence to get ready now and follow requests from emergency management officials. We stand ready to open additional shelters across our region as needed.”

SHELTER LOCATIONS
East Mecklenburg High School
6800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, N.C.

South Mecklenburg High School
8900 Park Rd., Charlotte, N.C.

North Mecklenburg High School
11201 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville, N.C

Olympic High School
4301 Sandy Porter Rd., Charlotte, N.C.

Ardrey Kell High School
10220 Ardrey Kell Dr., Charlotte, N.C.

Current Evacuation Orders

Beaufort
Entire County - Voluntary Evacuation Status
Mandatory evacuation - all low-lying and flood-prone areas includes all areas adjacent to waterways

Bertie
Voluntary Evacuation - Low lying areas and the Waterfront

Brunswick
Mandatory Evacuation - All unincorporated areas

Camden
Voluntary Evacuation

Carteret
Mandatory Evacuation

Craven
Mandatory Evacuation - Countywide

Currituck
Mandatory Evacuation - Outer Banks

Dare
Mandatory Evacuation - Countywide including Hatteras

Duplin
Voluntary Evacuation - Countywide

Hyde
Mandatory Evacuation - Countywide Mainland and Ocracoke Island

Jones
Mandatory evacuation effective 2 p.m. Sept. 11 - All towns and unincorporated areas of the County.

New Hanover
Mandatory Evacuation - Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach
Voluntary Evacuation - Countywide including UNCW

Onslow
Mandatory Evacuation - Topsail
Voluntary Evacuation - Unincorporated areas of the County

Pamlico
Mandatory Evacuation - Countywide

Pender
Mandatory Evacuation - Topsail; low-lying, flood prone areas, including the along the Intracoastal Waterway, Northeast Cape Fear River, Black River and who live in manufactured or substandard housing

Tyrrell
Mandatory Evacuation - Countywide

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending