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New Hanover declares State of Emergency; government offices closing at 2 p.m.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC : July 3rd, 2014 – New Hanover County and City of Wilmington has declared a State of Emergency effective at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3 in advance of Hurricane Arthur. Hurricane Arthur is now a category 1 hurricane located 220 miles south-southwest of Wilmington.

Due to increased sustained winds, expected this afternoon, all New Hanover County and City of Wilmington government offices and attractions will close at 2 p.m. today.

The New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center remains in a limited activation working with local, state, federal and other community partners to track the storm. At this time, officials do not anticipate opening emergency shelters.

A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington says as of this morning, the New Hanover County area could see 40-45 mph peak sustained winds beginning this afternoon. Although all bridges remain open, travel is strongly discouraged during peak winds. Officials may choose to close the Snows Cut Bridge once sustained winds reach 45 mph. Information will be released if a bridge closure becomes necessary.

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches can also be expected. Property owners should ensure drainage ditches are clear before the storm to help prevent flooding problems.

Given the current forecast, widely scattered power outages are possible across the Cape Fear coastal areas. Residents are encouraged to secure any loose items around the house such as lawn furniture, canopies, tents, etc.)

Preparation information can be found online at ReadyNC.org?, or by downloading the ReadNC mobile application. The ReadyNC app is free and available now in the Apple AppStore and Google Play for Android devices.

Information and updates regarding government operations are being posted on NHCTV, online at http://emergency.nhcgov.com, and on social media. Follow @NewHanoverCo on Twitter and “Like” our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NewHanoverCo for the latest news and information.