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
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.