New Hanover County is no longer under any storm warning or watches.

Hurricane Ian left coastal flooding, downed trees, and some power outages in our area. As you begin clean up from the storm and traveling on the roads, below are safety tips to remember:

  • If you are on the road, treat any non-working traffic signals as a four-way stop. 
  • Several areas in the county have experienced coastal flooding. Do not drive through standing water and do not drive around any road barricades – they are up for your safety. 
  • Use caution around low-hanging power lines. 
  • As you start to clean up from the storm, wear protective clothing and gear for debris clean up. 
  • Take precaution when using a chainsaw by wearing appropriate protective gear, making sure bystanders are a safe distance away and following manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Avoid contact with power lines and take extra care in cutting trees or branches that are bent or caught under something else.
  • Don’t walk through standing flood waters. Keep in mind that floodwater often carries germs and other dangerous debris.
  • If your power is out, do not use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors and windows are open. Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows. And use flashlights instead of candles to reduce the risk for fire hazards.
  • Refrigerated or frozen foods may not be safe to eat if you have lost power. Find out what you can do to keep food safe during a power outage, and when you need to throw away food that could make you sick here.

View Duke Energy’s outage map at (report outages by texting OUT to 57801, calling 1-800-419-6356, or visiting

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