Officials with the
All three systems have canceled after-school activities Thursday and Friday, with
Even as Hurricane Florence's path shifted dramatically by Wednesday morning,
Hurricane Florence, which meteorologists say shifted south overnight Tuesday, was listed as a Category 3 as of
The storm is now predicted to make a direct hit on the
With the new predicted path,
Florence is reported to be more than 400 miles wide, meaning even though the eye may miss our area, the effects will still be significant.
Officials said Wednesday morning the storm's sustained wind speeds hovered around 120 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds, which are predicted to blow up to about 50 mph in
The hurricane, which is now expected to make early Saturday, will begin to weaken and slow as it travels across land. The eye of the storm is now predicted to miss
High winds and tornadoes remain a concern. According to the
Residents reported on The Dispatch's Facebook page that several stores in the area had run out of essential items like milk, bread and non-perishable foods early this week.
The Walmart on
The Food Lion on
The CVS on
Essential supplies in many stores were still running low by late Wednesday afternoon.
Gas supplies were also expected to run low, according to
Emergency management officials recommend residents be prepared for up to 72 hours in their homes without power and to pack essentials such as food, water and medications in an emergency kit. Pet owners should purchase extra food and supplies, update collar tags with important information and all outdoor animals should be brought inside. Outdoor furniture and other belongings should be secured or brought inside.
With the declaration of a state of emergency by the governor,
Impact on utilities
Service providers, including
Lexington City Manager
The city's water and sewer plants each have backup generators, which have been tested and are functioning properly, Carson said. The natural gas pipelines are not a large concern during this storm, Carson said.
Duke said it's bringing in out-of-state crews, checking equipment and securing assistance from other energy companies to assist in restoring power should outages occur. Energy United is making similar preparations.
Duke Energy customers can report outages by visiting duke-energy.com, texting "OUT" to 57801 or calling the automated outage reporting system at (800) 769-3766. To view power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@Duke Energy) or Facebook (Duke Energy).
To report outages in the EnergyUnited service area, call 1 (800) 386-4833.
Hanes said county officials have also identified another shelter for
In addition to possible county shelters, The Light of the
More information will be available as emergency departments continue to meet throughout the week. Residents can receive real-times updates and information by signing up for the county's CodeRED alert system at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFFFE65DACB9.
For updates from
Many universities, including N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, UNC Greensboro,
More information about the storm's path and strength will be released as it nears the coast. For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence visit hurricanes.gov.
The Dispatch website will be dropping its paywall through Monday so residents can read all storm updates without restriction. For up-to-date hurricane coverage, check our website or follow our coverage on Twitter using #FlorenceDCNC.
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