Voluntary evacuation issued for EC, shelter at KE White to open

Tropical Weather

A GOES East satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence as it threatens the U.S. East Coast, Monday.


From staff reports

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

With the Elizabeth City area now expected to receive gale force winds and between seven and 10 inches of rainfall from Hurricane Florence beginning Wednesday evening, local emergency officials have called for a voluntary evacuation of residents, particularly those living in low-lying areas.

An emergency shelter will also open at the K.E. White Center on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The shelter, which will be operated by the American Red Cross, has a capacity of 300. Those planning to use it are encouraged to bring their hygiene items, medications, special dietary food items and clothing. Those needing transportation to the shelter should call the InterCounty Public Transportation Authority at 335-4444. No pets are allowed in the shelter.

Although evacuation is not mandatory, officials are cautioning residents that once weather conditions escalate emergency services will not be available.

All city and Pasquotank and Camden County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Essential personnel will report as directed.