Duplin County officials announced that it will dismiss schools early and open emergency shelters on Wednesday as the area braces for impacts from Hurricane Dorian.
Dorian is expected to brush by the North Carolina coast Thursday and Friday. Depending on the storm's track, Duplin County could be in for heavy rain and gusty winds.
Duplin County Schools announced that it will dismiss all students at 2 p.m. Wednesday and close all schools, canceling all classes for students and staff on Thursday and Friday.
Essential employees and utility staff may report to work if safe and approved by their supervisor, according to a release from Duplin County Schools.
Shelters to open
Duplin County will be opening four shelters at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the following locations:
The following items will not be allowed at the shelters: tobacco products, e-cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, and weapons (concealed or otherwise). Occupants should not bring personal cooking devices or medical equipment that needs electrical power (oxygen, CPAP, etc.) as generator-supplied power 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. Pets are not allowed to stay with owners in the human housing area.
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