Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm

County reduces curfew, encourages evacuees to stay put

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Now that additional power has been restored, New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington have moved the daily curfew back from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Beginning September 19, the daily curfew will last from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.

The latest estimate from Duke Energy shows approximately 46,710 power outages in the county. Duke Energy is expecting to have all power restored in New Hanover County no later than September 23 at 11:45 pm.

New Hanover County continues to ask that evacuees stay where they are, because routes into New Hanover County are continually changing and there is limited access.

“The smaller roadways leading into the county cannot sustain the traffic of an interstate highway,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “At this time, Emergency Management is only running essential supplies, utility crews and emergency responders on those routes. We need those access roads to get aid into our community.”

Residents are encouraged to monitor the NCDOT website for updates.

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

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