Wayne County Hurricane Dorian Update


The Wayne County Office of Emergency Services is continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian as it continues tracking up the east coast of the United States. Current projections for Wayne County show wind picking up Wednesday afternoon.

30-35 mph gusts are predicted for Wednesday evening and into Thursday. Heading into Thursday evening and early Friday morning, gusts could reach 60-70 mph.

These strong gusts will more than likely knock down trees and power lines leading to power outages. Current rainfall predictions call for 5-6 inches across the County, which could lead to localized flooding in poor drainage and urban areas.

The Neuse River is expected to remain below flood level. Wayne County will more than likely enter a Tropical Storm warning sometime on Wednesday.

Remember, now is the time to prepare before the storm hits. Most items in a basic kit can already be found in your home:

Water- one gallon per person per day for three to seven days

Food- non-perishable and canned food supply for three to seven days

Battery-powered or hand-crank radios with extra batteries

Cellphone with charger

First aid kit and first aid book

Flashlight and extra batteries

Manual can opener for food

Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel

Wrench or pliers to turn off the water

Blanket or sleeping bag - one per person

Prescription medications and glasses

Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes

Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and other hygiene supplies

Extra house and car keys

Fire extinguisher

Cash and change

Books, games or cards

Important documents such as insurance policies, copy of driver's license, Social Security card and bank account records.

For more information on how to prepare, visit readync.org or ready.gov. You can also call 919-731-1416.


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