Hurricane Matthew is expected to turn more east this weekend than previous models have shown.
"It appears the direction of the storm has changed dramatically," Hammond said after speaking with officials with
Matthew is expected to make landfall in eastern
The storm that was feared would be a Category 3 hurricane when it hit
"This morning we received some good news that Matthew's track has moved slightly off shore, but we remain cautiously optimistic and are prepared to respond at a moment's notice," said Gov.
Hammond agreed and said that people should remain cautious because hurricanes can still effect areas hundreds of miles from its core. The county has three emergency shelters --
"Residents need to remain very vigilant and keep and eye out for what is going on," he said. "We're not anticipating a threat, but that doesn't mean it can't happen or change overnight."
The city of
"There are a few city streets that may flood, but the storm drains should take that water away," he said. "We do not expect major flooding here unlike
Area lane closures directly related to last week's heavy rain are expected to remain in place for the next 30 days. Motorists should use alternate routes to avoid the congested area.
Road closures include:
Road closures are listed on the Travelers Information Management System at http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.
The storm will also alter the beginning of duck season this week, with hunters finding that access roads have been closed on public game lands. In anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Matthew, the
Hunters will still be allowed to access the game lands on foot. Game land roads will remain closed until Commission personnel have checked each road and deemed it to be safe and suitable for public use. All closing and re-opening information can be viewed at http://www.ncwildlife.org/gamelands.
To prepare for a hurricane, residents are advised to build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Transportation officials remind motorists to obey traffic signs. If a road is closed, turn around.
State Insurance Commissioner
"It's always better to be safe than sorry," said state Insurance Commissioner
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