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Hurricane Florence Updates
Update as of 09/13/2018 5:15 p.m. EDT

DRS is monitoring Hurricane Florence.  You need to obey your local authorities and follow their direction.  If your state or local government declares a state of emergency or orders an evacuation you are expected to follow those orders.  Do not think that just because you rode out the last storm you will just do the same for this one, every storm is different!  Please be very prepared for exiting the community and following your local evacuation path.  Know where your local storm shelter is located.

South Carolina , Gov. Henry McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations for the state’s entire coastline beginning at noon Tuesday. In South Carolina, McMaster’s evacuation orders affect about 1 million residents and tourists across eight low-lying counties.

Officials in North Carolina issued mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras Island, on the southern end of the Outer Banks, beginning at noon Monday. The northern part of the Outer Banks, including the popular tourist destinations of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, must be evacuated beginning Tuesday morning, Dare County Emergency Management said.
“Everyone in Dare County is encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible,” the agency said.
On Monday, as Cooper warned residents across the entire state — not just those along the coast — to be alert, he reminded North Carolinians that they have experienced this before.
“North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes,” he said at a media briefing, counting off some of the most traumatic storms in Carolina history — including Matthew, Floyd and Fran. “We are a resilient state and resilient people.”

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