BREAKING NEWS – Beaufort County imposes a state of emergency
Published 1:48 pm Thursday, September 2, 2010
Beaufort County officials declared a state of emergency at 8 p.m. Wednesday as Hurricane Earl approached the North Carolina coast.
The emergency declaration announces a voluntary evacuation from locations vulnerable to high wind, the opening of shelters and driving restrictions in effect late tonight to early Friday morning.
Shelters in Beaufort County open at 3:30 p.m. today. Northside High School and Southside High School will serve as shelters. No meals will be provided at the shelters this evening. The shelters are expected to close at 9 a.m. Friday.
Beaufort Countys public schools will close two hours earlier than usual today. They will open three hours later than usual Friday.
The county and the seven municipalities in the county Aurora, Bath, Belhaven, Chocowinity, Pantego, Washington and Washington Park have restricted travel to emergency circumstances only between 11 p.m. tonight and 5:30 a.m. Friday.
The fine for violating the countys state of emergency ordinance is $100.
The state of emergency remains in effect until lifted by the chairman of the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners.