Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 5:35 am

Additional Shelter Opens in New Hanover County

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The Johnson Pre-K Center will open at 9 a.m. today as a shelter.  Evacuees at this location should be prepared for the possibility of being transported out of the county. We are working with our state partners to have access to additional shelters in Wake County and other points west.

Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. There will be limited food service available for people seeking shelter.

Residents of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, are under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents of Wilmington, and all of New Hanover County who live in low-lying areas where flooding and storm surge are a factor, are strongly encouraged to relocate to locations inland.

All New Hanover County residents and visitors should be in a safe location before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.

Residents who are at risk of flooding and surge should heed the warnings and evacuate.  New Hanover County will continue to monitor shelter availability in Wake County and will update the public as needed.

New Hanover County Emergency Management continues to operate the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number at (910) 798-6800. The latest information regarding Hurricane Florence can be found on the EmergencyNHC.com website.

Residents and visitors are urged to complete their hurricane preparation and evacuation plans, as Hurricane Florence nears.

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