Emergency services update on response

Published 11:02 am Friday, September 14, 2018

Beaufort County Emergency Services continues to monitor updates to Hurricane Florence.  The storm has made landfall at Wrightsville Beach.  Our community will continue to feel effects from Hurricane Florence throughout today and into Saturday morning.  Storm surge predictions for Beaufort county continue to be between 3′ – 10′ depending on exact location.  Water levels will continue to rise throughout the day.  If you are concerned about rising water levels at your location, please do not wait to evacuate.  Evacuate now during daylight hours.  If you are in an emergency situation and need evacuation assistance, dial 911.

Shelter:  Beaufort County currently has opened general shelters at Washington High School and P.S. Jones Middle School.  Evacuees seeking shelter at P.S. Jones Middle School should use the front entrance.  If you need shelter, please move now.  Please remember, to bring necessities for several days stay, including blanket and pillow.

Animals for Shelter Attendees: Animals other than service animals are not allowed at the shelter.

Power Outages:  Beaufort County is experiencing major power outages.  Approximately 12,000 customers are currently out.  Please notify power agencies directly of outages and check their websites for restoration updates.

Please remember that Hurricane Florence is still a serious threat to our community.  Please take every action available to keep yourself and your family safe.  Local emergency resources and many other resources from outside the County are currently working to render services to those in need.  Please stay off the roads during this time to allow these emergency resources the ability to work as quickly and safely as possible.