Chatham County Friday Evening Update on Hurricane Florence
While Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, Chatham County Emergency Management urges people to stay at home as there is still a risk of flooding and flash flooding.
Chatham residents need to be aware of the serious threat of flash flooding, especially on the Haw and Deep Rivers, starting tonight and into next week. Remember, areas that typically flood will likely flood with this weather system.
As of 8:00 PM, about 5,200 homes are out of power in Chatham County, include Duke Energy, Central Electric and Randolph Power. This number may continue to rise. The utility companies are tracking power outages and already have crews on the job to restore power.
Here are some things to remember when dealing with flood conditions:
Turn around, don’t drown.If you are driving and you cannot see the lines on the road, don’t chance it.Turn around and go the other way.Most cars can be swept away by 1-2 feet of water.
Stay away from flood waters and remember to keep your children and pets away from it as well.If you are ankle deep, stop and turn around.Six inches of moving water can knock a person down.Remember to be even more cautious at night.
Make sure your food and water are safe by discarding any items that have come in contact with floodwater.This includes canned goods, water bottles, and utensils.
Two Chatham County shelters will remain open for residents. 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
Dogs and cats are only accepted at the Northwood shelter. You will need to bring all pet supplies, including food and medications and have them on leash or in a crate.
Chatham County offices and facilities are closed today and Saturday, except for essential functions. This includes collection centers, parks and libraries.