Hurricane Florence update: Sept. 9; 7:30 p.m.

Published 7:56 pm Sunday, September 9, 2018

All hurricane models are now showing that Hurricane Florence will increase to a Category 4 storm over the next 48 hours, as Beaufort County Emergency Services is warning of potential widespread, prolonged power outages, infrastructure failures and blocked roadways if it continues on its projected track.

“There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding from a prolonged heavy rainfall event inland,” reads the latest meteorologist discussion on the National Hurricane Center’s website. “While it is too soon to determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude of these impacts, interests at the coast and inland from South Carolina into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials.”

According to Beaufort County Emergency Services, Florence is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm between Wilmington and Morehead City on Thursday evening. The office issued a strongly worded statement that residents should prepare for the coming storm now.

“This is a dangerous storm, and Eastern NC will most likely be significantly impacted. If you have not begun your preparation efforts, do so now. Also ensure that your neighbors and friends are doing the same,” the statement read.

Emergency management said the planning and preparation efforts should include the following:

  • Plan for, and be prepared to evacuate if asked. This evacuation process may not be local, and require you to travel beyond Beaufort and neighboring counties.
  • Ensure that your plans include any preparations needed for pets and livestock.
  • Plan and prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 5 days. (Food, water, medications, clothing, etc.)
  • Anticipate wide spread, prolonged power outages, infrastructure failures and blocked roadways.