Beaufort County storm update, Evacuation, Shelter

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Press Release #1
September 04, 2019
12:00 p.m.

For Immediate Release


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Storm Update:

We are expecting Hurricane Dorian to impact Beaufort County with
hurricane force winds.  Tropical force winds will begin as early
as Thursday evening with winds peaking late Thursday night through
Friday evening. Storm surge for our rivers is expected to be between 3’
– 5’ above ground level with widespread flash flooding across the
region.  Total rainfall for area is projected to be 5” – 10” with
some eastern areas of the county experiencing up to 15”.  In
addition, there is a light tornado threat for our county through the
event.

Evacuation:

Beaufort County has now declared a voluntary evacuation of all flood
prone and low-lying areas of the county.  Please make plans to
evacuate these areas no later than noon on Thursday.

Shelter:

Beaufort County will open a shelter at Washington High School beginning
at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2019.  Please remember, to
bring necessities for several days stay.

Transportation to the Shelter:

Beaufort County will be providing transportation to the Washington
shelter from various parts of the county according to the following
information:

Belhaven Food Lion Parking Lot

Thursday   9/5/2019  10:00 a.m. departure time
Thursday     9/5/2019  12:00 p.m. departure time

Aurora Fire Department

Thursday   9/5/2019  10:00 a.m. departure time
Thursday      9/5/2019  12:00 p.m. departure time

Blount’s Creek Fire Department

Thursday   9/5/2019  10:30 a.m. departure time
Thursday     9/5/2019  12:30 p.m. departure time

Chocowinity Food Lion Parking Lot

Thursday   9/5/2019  11:00 a.m. departure time
Thursday    9/5/2019    1:00 p.m. departure time

Special Transportation Needs:

If you have mobility issues and need special transportation assistance,
please contact Beaufort Area Transit System (BATS) at (252)
946-5778.  We urge you not to delay in scheduling this
transportation.  Please make arrangements before Thursday morning
at 8:00 a.m. with BATS.

Animals for Shelter Attendees:

Animals other than service animals are not allowed at the shelter nor
on bus transportation.  Shelter attendees with no other
arrangement for animals may check their animal into the Beaufort County
Animal Shelter.  You must have a verification form provided by
shelter staff to check your animal into the Beaufort County Animal
Shelter.

Please remember that Hurricane Dorian is a serious threat to our
community.  Please take every action available to keep yourself
and your family safe.

County Office Schedule:

Beaufort County Offices will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday
September 5, 2019 and will remain closed through Friday September 6,
2019.

Additional Information:

County Staff will be providing updated information throughout this
weather event.  Please check the county web-site home page at
co.beaufort.nc.us  .