New Hanover County Preparing For Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian impacting the Grand Bahama Island on Tuesday September 3rd with hurricane force winds and extreme flooding.  New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach held meetings Tuesday to declare a state of emergency and begin preparations for Dorian. The National Hurricane Center forecasted Tuesday that Dorian would turn north and move up the east coast. Hurricane Dorian impacting the Grand Bahama Island on Tuesday September 3rd with hurricane force winds and extreme flooding. New Hanover County, the City of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach held meetings Tuesday to declare a state of emergency and begin preparations for Dorian. The National Hurricane Center forecasted Tuesday that Dorian would turn north and move up the east coast.

New Hanover County Preparing For Hurricane Dorian Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 03 September 2019 17:12

Residents lined up at Town Hall Tuesday in Carolina Beach to purchase their parking permit which also serves as a re-entry decal following a storm when officials open Snow's Cut Bridge.
Photo: Jasmine Mckee

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County is preparing for Dorian. Meetings were held by the County and municipalities Tuesday morning and afternoon to delcare a state of emergency in advance of Dorian's forecasted arrival later in the week.

On Tuesday at 11:00am, Dorian was located over Grand Bahama Island as a Category 2 storm with winds of 110mph with gusts up to 130mph.

Dorian originally made landfall in the Northern Bahamas as a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185mph with gusts exceeding 200mph. It is now the seconded strongest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. 

Shortly after 12 noon on Tuesday a mandatory evacuation order was issued for residents and visitors of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island (barrier island) beginning on Wednesday, September 4th at 8 a.m.

According to a release by the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center, "In addition, New Hanover County and City of Wilmington residents in areas prone to flooding or storm surge, as well as residents in travel trailers, mobile homes or homes still damaged from Hurricane Florence are under a voluntary evacuation beginning on Wednesday at 8 a.m. One to three feet of storm surge, with potential of higher localized areas, is expected near the county’s major waterways including the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway, as well as inland along the county’s creeks including Pages, Howe, Bradley, Hewlett’s, Whiskey, Motts, Barnard, Burnt Mill, Smith and Ness Creeks."

Residents in those areas were under a voluntary evacuation. A a more detailed list of creeks and their locations can be found online at www.nhcgov.com 

Residents can also look up their address on the storm surge forecast map to know if they are in one of these surge-prone areas.

County officials say residents and visitors should evacuate and be in a safe location before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

"This is not the same type of rain event we saw with Hurricane Florence, but we have residents who are still in temporary housing or homes that can’t yet withstand the impacts of another storm," said New Hanover County Emergency Management Director Steven Still. "Two shelters will open Wednesday and our partners
are in the community helping Hurricane Florence survivors have their plan in place by Wednesday evening."

SHELTERS OPENING

New Hanover County will open the following emergency shelters at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, to assist residents in need of shelter during weather impacts of Hurricane Dorian. 

Blair Elementary on Blair School Road (also known as Wrightsville Beach at Blair Elementary) (Pet Co-location Shelter) 6510 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28405

Codington Elementary School 4321 Carolina Beach Rd. Wilmington, NC 28412
Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items like extra clothing
and hygiene supplies. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. There will be limited food service available for people seeking shelter.  

Wrightsville Beach at Blair Elementary School (located on Blair School Road) is a pet co-location shelter, and is available to house cats and dogs. Animals will be maintained in a separate wing of the facility, and owners are allowed visitation at designated times. Residents who are leaving town or staying in a location that does not welcome pets, have the option of taking their pet to the New Hanover County Animal Services Unit at 180 Division Drive. Owners are responsible for providing a crate for their pet and any medication and food for special dietary needs.

Emergency Operations & Public Questions
New Hanover County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) fully activated this morning at 7 a.m., and has been partially activated since Monday. The EOC will be working 24 hours a day through the storm to ensure our community is safe. 

The public can call the Emergency Public Information Center with questions about shelters, evacuation orders, protective measures, or current notices at 910-798-6800. 

The latest information regarding Hurricane Dorian can be found on the county’s http:// EmergencyNHC.com  website, and on the county’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Subject to weather conditions, plans are to open Carolina Beach Town Hall Tuesday, September 3rd, and Wednesday, September 4th, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., so that residents and property owners that have not already done so may obtain re-entry permits. Proof of residency or ownership is required along with a current vehicle registration. More information regarding re-entry permits may be obtained by visiting the Town web site.

Carolina Beach has placed fill dirt near Mike Chappell Park on Sumter Ave. Citizens are welcome to use this dirt to fill sand bags in preparation for storm. Dirt is available on a first come first serve basis. Sand bags are available while they last.

The Island Gazette is going to press early on Tuesday in advance of a mandatory evacuation on Wednesday morning. We will publish reports covering Dorian on our website at www.islandgazette.net as well as our Facebook page.

The amusement rides at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk were taken down in anticipation of Dorian impacting the area.
Photo: Jasmine Mckee

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