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Chatham County Friday Morning Update on Hurricane Florence

Two shelters open with space; stay off the roads unless no choice

Post Date:09/14/2018 9:01 AM
Chatham County Emergency Management urges people to stay at home unless you have no choice. We have reports of strong wind gusts and bands of heavy rain that will cause periods of flooding.

Flooding could impact the county for three to four days, depending how much rivers and streams are impacted. Some roadways could be blocked and structures inaccessible.

Do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency, but call if not sure.

As of 8:30 AM today, about 2,076 homes out of power, include Duke Energy, Central Electric and Randolph Power. This number will rise today. The utility companies are tracking power outages and already have crews on the job to restore power. Statewide nearly 500,000 in the Carolinas have lost power and this will go up. You can visit to see an update of current Duke Energy outages.

Chatham County has a total of 119 people in its two storm shelters. The shelters remain open for people who need it, but please be aware that travel to the shelters will be more hazardous as the day progresses. If you need transportation, have special needs or have shelter questions, call 919-545-8162.

The two shelter locations are:
  •  Northwood High School: 310 Northwood High School Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312
  •  Chatham Middle School: 2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext, Siler City, NC 27344

We have a few additional shelter spaces for pets at the Northwood location only, but please call ahead first to get important instructions for pets and space is still available. You will need to bring all pet supplies, including food and medications and have them on leash or in a crate. You also will be responsible for their care while at the shelter.

Chatham County offices and facilities are closed today and Saturday, except for essential functions. This includes collection centers, parks and libraries.

Chatham County greatly appreciates all the volunteers who are helping and will continue to help with Hurricane Florence duties over the next few days.