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


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    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.

    WLOS

    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

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