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Hurricane Florence

Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared

Update: Important Information on Hurricane Florence

5pm update from NHC shifted the path of #HurricaneFlorence very slightly north over the next 48 hours, then the storm takes a sharp dive into South Carolina before moving slowly inland.
Flooding and power outages still a possibility. NOAA emphasizes the unpredictable nature of the storm. Preparation is key.

NOTICE: Carrboro's Administrative offices will be closing at 1pm Thursday September 13th and will remain closed Friday September 14th.

Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph as of 5pm Wednesday September 12, 2018. The current track of the storm shows it hitting the coast of North Carolina midday Friday. Governor Cooper has issued a state of emergency for the state of North Carolina. The Town of Carrboro is taking the following actions to prepare for Hurricane Florence, and urges residents to prepare for up to 4 days without power. Forecasters currently estimate that over a foot of rain could fall between Thursday and Monday -- but if the path of the storm changes, the location of that heavy rain pattern will change as well.

If your neighborhood is prone to flooding the Town of Carrboro strongly suggests you seek shelter elsewhere to avoid the flooding effects of the hurricane. There have been past occasions were lifesaving, rescue efforts were needed for residents who live in neighborhoods that are prone to flooding. With your help, we would like to minimize or prevent the need for those efforts again. Please give consideration to this request and help us to better manage this impending weather event.

Orange County Government wants to keep you informed even if the power goes out! Text OCStorm to 888-777 to receive text notifications from @OCNCGOV and Orange County Emergency Services during Hurricane Florence. Standard text and data rates may apply.

Call 911

Plan and Prepare:
•Residents should prepare their homes with nonperishable food items, fuel, batteries, flashlights, bottled water, candles, matches, emergency radio, pet food, cash, fire extinguisher, and first aid kits. Be sure to check on your neighbors, especially if they are disabled or elderly
•Don’t forget to secure outdoor items that could become projectiles in wind.
•First aid kits and medical supplies are encouraged to have on hand. For safety of our first responders Fire and EMS will not be responding to calls if winds are 40 miles per hour or higher. However, Police will be staged throughout the town.

Local Shelter Information:
Call the Orange County Emergency Management public information line at 919-245-6111.

Power Outages:
Stay connected. Access outage maps online at to register for outage updates.
Customers can text OUT to 58801 to report an outage from their mobile phone.
Be sure to use the mobile phone associated with your account.
To stay informed of future power outages, sign up to receive power outage alerts from Duke Energy by texting REG to 57801 or choose from text, email or phone alerts by enrolling

Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
Piedmont Electric Main Office: 1-800-449-2667 OR Report Outage: 1-800-222-3107
Progress Energy 1-800-419-6356 PSNC 1-877-776-2427

Report down trees, blocked roads, and structure damage via email at

Keep In Mind:
•Shelters ask that you be as informed and prepared as possible.
•If you need special assistance in a disaster call 919-245-2884 to register for assistance before a disaster strikes.
•Shelter locations may change depending on the emergency
•Listen to the radio for further directions concerning shelter openings: WCHL-AM (1360), WCHL-FM (97.9), WDCG-FM (105.1), WRAL-FM (101.5), WYMY-FM (La Ley 101.1 in Spanish)
Note: Please check Town of Carrboro (Facebook & Twitter) for updates on planning and available resources as the storm approaches.
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