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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Former UNC star Julius Peppers has pledged $100,000 towards starting a Hurricane Florence relief fund. "Being a native of the Carolinas," Pepper says in a video posted to his Twitter account. "And seeing the reality of these people affected by the hurricane made me...read more
At least 41 deaths have now been attributed to Hurricane Florence. North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Keith Acree says four additional deaths were reported Thursday to the state and occurred in Duplin County. He did not release further details about...read more
Some roadways in Chatham and Durham counties are reopening following washouts earlier this week due to heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The heavy rains early Monday morning caused widespread flooding issues and caused many roads to be closed. Crews...read more
Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more...read more
The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return...read more
State officials in North Carolina now say 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence. The former hurricane swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market. Officials previously had estimated that...read more
Several Chatham County communities have been “isolated” due to flooding conditions following heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Florence, according to the county. Officials said in a Tuesday release that water was blocking some roads and some structures had...read more
The Charlotte Hornets announced Tuesday that owner and chairman Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to organizations helping with relief efforts in response to Hurricane Florence. Jordan, who starred as a player at Laney High School in Wilmington before later...read more
North Carolina officials say even though the sun is shining in parts of the state, major flooding is continuing in the aftermath of Florence and is expected to worsen in some areas. Gov. Roy Cooper says 16 rivers are at major flood stage Tuesday with an additional...read more
The Town of Hillsborough is in clean-up mode after the last remnants of Hurricane Florence dropped massive amounts of rain on central North Carolina Monday. Portions of Hillsborough’s Riverwalk greenway along with parts of the Gold and Kings Highway parks were flooded...read more