Edgecombe County Closing of Edgecombe County Shelters

Notice re. Closing of Edgecombe County Shelters

The major threats to us here in Edgecombe County from Hurricane Florence have decreased significantly. All indications from forecasts is that they will continue to do so. We would like to free up resources to other areas in the State that need them more. Therefore, we plan to close all Edgecombe County Emergency Shelters tomorrow, Saturday September 15th, at 12 PM.

This notice only pertains to Edgecombe County government opened shelters, which are: Carver Elementary, DS Johnson Elementary, Tarboro High School, Martin Millennial, and North Edgecombe. This does not include the shelters that were opened by local churches. They will decide when to close their shelters.

We will continue to monitor the storm throughout the night and into tomorrow. We will also have people out in the field tomorrow to give us updates on conditions. If for some reason the storm’s path or intensity changes, and the related threats intensify, we will keep some shelters open.

The National Weather Service projects the Tar River to reach its peak around Wednesday of next week at around 19 feet. At that, there would likely not be any flooding related to the river. We will continue to monitor the river levels. If the need arises, we will reopen shelters.

Again, all Edgecombe Shelters will close tomorrow, September 15th at 12 PM.

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Don’t Condemn People Who Don’t Evacuate for Hurricane Florence

If you got notice of an impending disaster heading for your home, would you leave? Could you? Evacuating even under mandatory orders is not something everyone can do.

Hurricane Florence is about to smash into the mid-Atlantic coast, where it’s projected to drop epic rainfall on already saturated ground. Even if the winds slow, the storm surge and floods are going to cause enormous damage and devastate basic infrastructure. If you’re in a mandatory evacuation area, please, please leave while you can. Make this the Great Carolina Exodus fleeing the coasts.

No emergency manager issues an evacuation order lightly. Telling people to leave is a tough call, between the logistics of mass displacement, the increased vulnerability of stabilizing support systems, and loss of public trust if forecasts flop. (Read more)

Hurricane Florence remains ‘catastrophic’ threat, kills at least 3

Here’s the latest on Hurricane Florence:

  • The mother and child died in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home, police tweeted. Another woman died in Pender County after suffering a medical condition, an official said.
  • The storm made landfall at 7:15 a.m. ET Friday. As of noon, Florence was 25 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 45 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and moving west at around 6 mph.

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