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State of Emergency declared for Onslow County, residents urged to evacuate

(Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Onslow County Board of Commissioners issued a state of emergency and voluntary evacuation during Monday's meeting.

Below is a press release with more information.

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Onslow County Government officials have declared a State of Emergency for Onslow County residents due to the severity of Hurricane Florence projected to make landfall in Eastern North Carolina later this week.

Hurricane Florence has recently upgraded from a Category 3 to a Category 4 hurricane and is projected to make landfall by Thursday night or early Friday morning. Onslow County Board of Commissioners has decided that due to the severe nature of the storm they are declaring a State of Emergency, and encouraging all Onslow County residents to evacuate and seek shelter west of Greensboro.

In a meeting with Onslow County partners, government officials also decided that they would activate emergency shelters within the county. These shelters will act as a last resort shelter for residents who cannot evacuate the county.

“We cannot stress enough how dangerous this storm will be when it makes landfall,” said Cornelius Jordan, Communications Director for the Onslow County. “We are opening emergency shelters purely for emergency purposes, and we are encouraging all residents to evacuate, but if you happen to find yourself in need of shelter, we will be open to you and your family.”

Onslow County will activate four shelters to the public Wednesday, September 12 at 2 pm. These shelters include Dixon Middle School, Richlands High School, Jacksonville Commons Middle, and Swansboro High School. The Jacksonville Commons Middle School will serve as a special needs accommodating shelter, as well as a designated pet-friendly shelter. If residents choose to utilize this shelter, please be aware that you will not be able to drop off your pets and leave. Residents are required to remain at the shelters with their pets.

“The safety of our residents is our main concern,” said Onslow County Manager, David Cotton “We want to continue to stress that this is a dangerous storm and we want our residents to take precautions and evacuate within the next 24 hours.”

To keep up with the latest information for Hurricane Florance download the “ReadyNC” mobile app, visit any of the Onslow County government social media accounts or the Onslow County website, Onslowcountync.gov. For residents that have concerns, please call the Citizens Phone Bank (910) 989-5027. The Citizens Phone Bank will be able to offer information in regards to county operations and procedures as well as updates on active shelters.

The Citizens Phone Bank will be open tonight, Sept 10th from 6 pm- 10 pm, Sept 11th from 8 am-5 pm and Wednesday, September 12 from 8 am. until the deactivation of the Emergency Operations Center.

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