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Chatham Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Florence

Post Date:09/10/2018 4:19 PM
Due to the current forecasts for Hurricane Florence, Chatham County Commissioner Chair Diana Hales has signed a State of Emergency declaration for Chatham County effective immediately through Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 5:00 PM. At this time, Florence is a dangerous category 4 storm and is expected to directly impact much of central North Carolina as well as the coast.

The declaration has several important purposes:
   • It activates the county’s Emergency Operations Plan
   • It authorizes the County Manager to take actions to protect the public
   • It encourages residents to stay off the roadways during and immediately after the storm if reasonably possible, and to limit travel so as not to interfere with efforts of emergency responders and repair crews.

Based on the hurricane’s current track, residents can expect tropical storm force winds, heavy rain, flash flooding, falling trees, and power outages starting Thursday. Outages could last for several days. Residents should complete final preparations by Tuesday and continue to monitor forecasts for any significant changes throughout the week.

IMPORTANT: Chatham County will announce emergency shelter locations and opening times tomorrow.

To find out more about what to do to prepare, visit