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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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
Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms...read more
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools will open on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, September 18. CHCCS was closed on Monday due to flooding from Hurricane Florence in Chapel Hill and other areas of Orange County. The school district was initially...read more
Overnight rains from Hurricane Florence brought flooding to Chapel Hill and other parts of Orange County. Roads were closed and residents of some apartment complexes were forced to evacuate. The 97.9 The Hill WCHL crew took some photographs of flooding in the local...read more
Orange County has opened a shelter for residents displaced by the flooding that came Monday morning from the final remnants of Hurricane Florence. County emergency officials announced Monday afternoon that a shelter had been opened at the DSS Commons at 113 Mayo...read more
As Hurricane Florence's effects are finally beginning to be felt in Orange County, the slow-moving storm has been ravaging the Carolina coast for days. Starting Tuesday, September 18, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be accepting donations of...read more