Up to the minute information regarding Hurricane Florence and how it relates to Orange County and our local area.
9/17/18 UPDATE: Overnight rains from Hurricane Florence have brought severe flooding to Chapel Hill and Orange County. Several roads have been barricaded off and high water has been reported in low-lying areas. UNC-Chapel Hill and local public schools have canceled classes for Monday due to the conditions. Chapel Hill transit has also suspended all services due to flooded roads. Residents are urged to stay off the roads during the storm.
Emergency contact info for Orange County and surrounding areas can be found here.
Hurricane preparedness: what residents need to know.
Information on shelters in Orange and Chatham counties can be found here. Orange County shelters are opening at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (9/12), while Chatham County shelters are opening at 7 p.m. on Thursday (9/13).
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