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Town of Carrboro Preps for Hurricane Florence: Citizens Urged to Prepare for Multi-Day Power Outage

Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph as of 5pm Monday. The current track of the storm shows it hitting the coast of North Carolina late Thursday evening. Governor Cooper has issued a state of emergency for the state of North Carolina. The Town of Carrboro is taking the following actions to prepare for Hurricane Florence, and urges residents to prepare for up to 4 days without power. Forecasters currently estimate that over a foot of rain could fall between Thursday and Sunday.
Town of Carrboro Police and Fire plan to open the town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under a unified command Thursday September 13, 2018 at 7:00pm. For emergencies call 911. If you would like to report a blocked road, downed tree, or down live power lines email us at FlorenceDamage@townofcarrboro.org. In case of a gas leak call 911.

Plan and Prepare:
•Residents should prepare their homes with nonperishable food items, fuel, batteries, flashlights, bottled water, candles, matches, emergency radio, pet food, cash, fire extinguisher, and first aid kits. Be sure to check on your neighbors, especially if they are disabled or elderly.
•Don’t forget to secure outdoor items that could become projectiles in wind.
•First aid kits and medical supplies are encouraged to have on hand. For safety of our first responders Fire and EMS will not be responding to calls if winds are 40 miles per hour or higher. However, Police will be staged throughout the town.
•View NC Ready’s recommended emergency kit at https://readync.org/EN/Plan_GetAKit.html
•Sign up for Orange County Alerts at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/login

No Leaf Collection September 13 and 14:
Public Works will NOT be collecting leaves Thursday September 13 and Friday September 14 due to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. Public Works would like to remind residents, landscapers, and community HOA’s to inspect stormwater structures to prevent any debris from clogging storm drains which can lead to street flooding.

Power Outages:
Stay connected. Access outage maps online at www.duke-energy.com/outages
Register for outage updates. Customers can text OUT to 58801 to report an outage from their mobile phone. Be sure to use the mobile phone associated with your account. To stay informed of future power outages, sign up to receive power outage alerts from Duke Energy by texting REG to 57801 or choose from text, email or phone alerts by enrolling at duke-energy.com/OutageAlerts
Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
Piedmont Electric Main Office:1-800-449-2667 OR Report Outage:1-800-222-3107
Progress Energy 1-800-419-6356 (
PSNC 1-877-776-2427
Shelter Information:
Shelters are scheduled to open and a news release will come out if they do.

Keep in mind:
•Shelters ask that you be as informed and prepared as possible
•If you need special assistance in a disaster call 919-245-2884 to register for assistance before a disaster strikes.
•Shelter locations may change depending on the emergency
•Listen to the radio for further directions concerning shelter openings:WCHL-AM (1360), WCHL-FM (97.9), WDCG-FM (105.1), WRAL-FM (101.5), WYMY-FM (La Ley 101.1 in Spanish)

Driving during Stormy Conditions
During severe storm conditions, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads as much as possible. Those who must drive should make sure their vehicle equipment (such as brake lights and wipers) is working properly. Motorists are urged to fill up their tanks early.

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