Florence Ready: Evacuations underway in eastern North Carolina counties


Ahead of Hurricane Florence, states of emergency are being declared across eastern North Carolina. Here, you can find a county by county breakdown of what is going on.

Beaufort County

The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners has issued a state of emergency, which will remain in effect until further notice.  

They are issuing a voluntary county-wide evacuation and are urging all residents to evacuate before Wednesday night. 

Bertie County

There is a voluntary evacuation of waterfront and low-lying areas effective Wednesday. 

Carteret County

Carteret County officials are asking all residents and visitors to start evacuating Tuesday at noon.

According to a news release, everyone should plan to be at a safe location and in a shelter by Wednesday night. 

Public shelters will be set up for evacuees from outside of the county.

Medically fragile citizens should contact the emergency management office at 252-222-5841. 

The county asks people to download readync.gov for updates on shelter locations.

Updates will be listed to the Carteret County and Carteret County Emergency Services Facebook page.

The Town of Indian Beach has declared a State of Emergency and has issued a mandatory evacuation of the Town of Indian Beach effective Tuesday noon.  

Town officials encourage everyone to leave the island no later than Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

The Town will also be imposing a curfew beginning Thursday at 7:00 which will remain in effect until the State of Emergency no longer exists.  

All town meetings scheduled for this week including the town council meeting have been canceled.  

The Town of Beaufort has declared a State of Emergency and has issued mandatory evacuations starting Tuesday noon with expected to conclude Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

The Town of Cedar Point has declared a State of Emergency and has issued mandatory evacuations starting Monday.

Craven County

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Craven County effective Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Officials are encouraging residents in all areas of Craven County to self-evacuate due to Hurricane Florence and its potential impact of extremely high winds, extreme storm surge, extreme rainfall, and flooding.  

Residents are asked to heed all warnings given by officials as this is a very serious and severe situation with extreme impacts predicted for Craven County.

Public shelters will be set up for evacuees outside of the county.

It might be more comfortable for those who evacuate to stay at a hotel or a family member or friend’s home outside of the hurricane’s predicted path and area of impact.

Residents are urged to make arrangements now since hotels fill up quickly.

Craven County officials have declared a state of emergency effective at Monday at noon. 

Craven County parks will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and will remain closed until conditions permit them to reopen.

Craven County convenience sites will close at 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday and will remain closed until conditions permit them to reopen.

Craven County Government Emergency Management updates will appear on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov.


The Board of Commissioners of the City of Havelock has declared a State of Emergency effective Monday noon.

Dare County: 

The Dare County Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for visitor and residents on Hatteras Island effective Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.

Traffic leaving the Island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.

Duplin County

Duplin County will be opening shelters on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:
– Wallace-Rose Hill High School
– Beulaville Elementary School
– North Duplin High School
– James Kenan High School

Officials ask people bring clothing, bedding, medications, baby formula and other baby necessities, personal hygiene items, and personal food supplies. Electricity supply via generators is limited to facility operations only.

James Kenan High School is a pet-friendly facility; however, space for pets is limited. Pet owners should bring a kennel for their pet, along with pet food, medications, and other necessary pet supplies. Pets will be housed indoors, but in a separate location from shelter occupants.

Hyde County

There is a mandatory evacuation in effect for Hyde County.

The evacuation went into effect Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.

There are no travel restrictions on the mainland.

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners has issued a state of emergency for the entire county.

Effective 5 a.m. Tuesday, a mandatory evacuation has been declared for all residents, non-resident property owners and visitors on Ocracoke Island

All alcohol sales on the island will be suspected at 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

All NCDOT ferry reservations are canceled, and tolls are waived.

Boarding the ferries will be on a first come first serve basis.

Hyde County officials recommend people leave as soon as possible due to possible flooding on Highway 12. 

According to a news release, entry to Ocracoke will be restricted and the priorities are: 

1) Emergency Personnel and Equipment
2) NCDOT Highway and Power Company Personnel and Equipment
3) Sanitation Personnel and Equipment
4) Mail and Parcel Delivery
5) Commodities and Fuel Vendors until ferry operations cease

Jones County

There is a mandatory evacuation in effect for Jones County, effective immediately.

A State of Emergency was declared Tuesday afternoon.

Officials want residents to leave and seek shelter west of Goldsboro.

Transportation to out-of-county shelters will be available at Jones Senior High School starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  

Registration for citizens who will be utilizing county transportation and evacuating to shelters should be ready to register Wednesday, September 12 by 9 a.m. and buses are scheduled to leave by 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Please plan to be at the pickup site before registration time.  

Buses and seating will be limited so this transportation will be reserved for those citizens that do not have transportation to evacuate. Residents are invited and even encouraged to caravan and follow the evacuation buses to the inland shelters. 

If you and your family plan to seek shelter out of county with the Jones County evacuation team please call the Jones County EOC at (252) 397-0007 to register your members. Please plan to bring all essential items for a lengthy stay at the shelter. Residents will not have the opportunity to leave until safety is declared within the county. 

Onslow County

There is a mandatory evacuation in effect for Onslow County.

The evacuation went into effect Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.

Emergency shelters will open and operate under the direction of the emergency management and social services officials. 

Jacksonville Commons Middle School serves as a designated pet-friendly shelter.

If a citizen wants to use the pet-friendly shelter they will not be able to drop off their pet and leave.

Citizens are required to remain at the shelter with their pet.

Citizens will need to bring appropriate and adequate supplies for their pet for the duration of their stay at the pet-friendly shelter.

Shelter Locations

1. Dixon Middle School
118 Ridge Field Avenue
Sneads Ferry, NC 28445

2. Jacksonville Commons Middle School (pet-friendly)
315 Commons Drive South
Jacksonville, NC  28546

3. Richlands High School
8100 Richlands Hwy.
Richlands, NC  28574

4. Swansboro High School
161 Queens Creek Road
Swansboro, NC  28584

There is a voluntary evacuation for unincorporated areas and Surf City effective Monday. 

North Topsail Beach

The mayor of North Topsail Beach has declared a state of emergency for the town.

Mayor Dan Tuman encourages residents to make preparations as soon as possible.

A mandatory evacuation will begin Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

Due to the emerging town needs and movement of personnel, officials say townhall
may not be able to provide hurricane reentry passes after 12 p.m. on Tuesday.

Town officials warn if you plan to stay, emergency services will likely not be able to help you.


The city of Jacksonville has also declared a state of emergency. 

The city’s Sanitation Division will pick up Thursday and Friday routes Wednesday, September 12.

Wednesday is the normal yard waste pickup day and residents are asked to not put out yard waste this week.

Jacksonville officials said residents who elect to evacuate during the storm should prepare to be away for an extended period of time. 

The roads may be blocked, and services could be out from utilities and businesses for some time, according to a news release. 

No order for evacuation has been made from the city, but officials said they are monitoring weather forecasts and suggestions from Emergency Management.

Jacksonville Connect is an official messaging system that will provide official messages directly from the City. Visit www.jacksonvillenc.gov/connect to sign up or refresh your information.

Jacksonville Transit will continue to operate on a normal schedule as long as possible. Transit cannot operate when the winds are above 45MPH, or if resources are not available or repurposed.

Streets Division employees are ensuring storm drains are open given the likely chance of severe flooding. 

The city’s Information Services department prepares regular backups of the City’s data items and will take an extraordinary precaution of transporting a backup of the data to an inland City. 

The regular backups are made to an inland city as a precaution every week.

The city is fueling all vehicles and will have a full load of fuel arriving on Tuesday for servicing City vehicles during the storm. 

City leaders are preparing to feed, house and take care of the employees who will be working emergency hours. 

The City Manager said he will make a decision by Tuesday afternoon as to the city employee schedules.

Lenoir County

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office is asking all residents in Lenoir County to evacuate if they live in low-lying or flood-prone areas.

“Our residents’ safety is the most important thing to us,” said Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said. “If you live in a low-lying area or an area that is prone to flooding, you need to evacuate as soon as possible.”

Pitt County


The Greenville Utilities Commission is preparing for the arrival of Florence. 

Communication manager Steve Hawley said they are trimming tree branches near power lines and increasing manpower into the overnight hours.

If you have an outage, call 1-855-767-2482. 

During the storm, visit GUC’s Storm Central page for the latest updates. 

East Carolina University has canceled all classes starting after 12 p.m. Tuesday. 

The Pitt County Animal Shelter said it will open their shelter to pets if and when the shelters for humans open.

It is not required by law for hotels to house animals, so the shelter wants to make sure people make plans ahead of time. 

Dr. Linda Kuh, with East Carolina Veterinary Service, said not to tie your pets to tree and to keep them inside if possible.

“Dogs that are tied up make sure they are untied so they are swimming away water comes up comes up fast,” said Dr. Linda Kuhn with East Carolina Veterinary Service.

For large animals, like horses and cattle, Kuhn said they should not be left in the barn.

Instead, she recommends owners draw a phone number on them so they can be returned after the storm. 

Pamlico County

The Pamlico County Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation effective Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

Officials encourage all citizens to self-evacuate.

Currituck County

Currituck County issued a State of Emergency effective Monday at 11:00 a.m. due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.

An evacuation of all tourists and guests in the Currituck Outer Banks areas of Corolla and Carova is ordered to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

During the State of Emergency, all alcohol sales in Currituck County are suspended.

Halifax County

Halifax County has issued a State of Emergency effective Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. 


Vanceboro has issued a State of Emergency effective Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The Mayor of the Town has declared that a curfew will be in effect from Thursday at 8:00 p.m until 8:00 a.m. on Friday and until State of Emergency has been lifted.

Town of Richlands:

The Town of Richlands has issued a State of Emergency effective Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Town of Belhaven:

The Town of Belhaven has issued a State of Emergency.

A curfew was declared on Tuesday and will be effective from 10 p.m. – 5 .am.

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