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Tropical Storm Michael Updates - Trees & Powerlines Down Across Chatham

Post Date:10/10/2018 10:44 AM


On Thursday evening, we have many reports of trees and powerlines down across the county.  If you want to report a downed tree or powerline, but it is NOT an emergency threatening life or property, please call 919-545-8180 or 919-545-8181.


Just when we are still cleaning up and recovering from Hurricane Florence, the track of Hurricane Michael as it moves inland will track across central North Carolina. While the impact should not be as severe or prolonged as Florence, forecasters predict the following for our area:

  • Periods of heavy downpours are expected tonight through Thursday night as Michael moves across central NC. Heavy downpours could result in flooding of low-lying, urban and poor drainage areas or flash-flooding.
  • We will be keeping a close eye on potential rainfall amounts, as that will determine how much river flooding may occur. 
  • Breezy to windy conditions Thursday and Thursday night could result in a few downed trees, especially ones that were weakened during Florence. 
  • Limited/Isolated power outages are possible with 30 to 40 MPH gusts.

See the latest briefings from the Raleigh office of the National Weather Service: //


The Chatham County Council on Aging has cancelled all meal services on Thursday and Friday due to the storm. This includes meals served at the senior centers and delivered to homes.


The county[maintained access points are closed until further notice due to expecting heavy rains and river flooding.


The NC Department of Environmental Quality sent out the following reminders in advance of the storm with flooding potential: 

Please remember General Permit Condition II.22 requires farmers to STOP ALL LAND APPLICATION OF WASTE within 4 hours of the FIRST issuance of a Hurricane Warning, Tropical Warning, or a Flood Watch (including Flash Flood Watches) for the county in which the permittee farm is located. This condition is designed to have waste application stop about 24 hours before the storm impacts the farm location. The Warnings and Watches described are issued 24-36 hours ahead of anticipated impact (rainfall).

“Land application of waste is prohibited during precipitation events. The Permittee shall consider pending weather conditions in making the decision to land apply waste and shall document the weather conditions at the time of land application on forms supplied by or approved by the Division.
Land application of waste shall cease within four (4) hours of the time that the National Weather Service issues a Hurricane Warning, Tropical Storm Warning, or a Flood Watch associated with a tropical system including a hurricane, tropical storm, or tropical depression for the county in which the permitted facility is located. Watches and warnings are posted on the National Weather Service’s website located at: More detailed website information can be found on Page 2 of the Certificate of Coverage. Watch and warning information can also be obtained by calling the local National Weather Service Office that serves the respective county, which can be found on Page 2 of the Certificate of Coverage.”

Also, permitted facilities are reminded that they are required to notify the appropriate Regional Office in the event of high freeboard, a discharge, a waste spill, deterioration of the waste structure, etc. If it is after regular business hours or on a weekend and you are unable to contact DWR, then you must contact Division of Emergency Management at 1-800-858-0368. During Hurricane Florence, some of the regional offices experienced phone outages due to power outages. If a permittee cannot contact the regional office, then call the Emergency Management Number above or contact their inspector directly on their mobile phones. Call until you are able to speak with someone directly.