Officials have opened shelters throughout the county for those wanting to head to sturdier or higher ground.

A hurricane warning extended north along the North Carolina coast to Surf City, and Onslow County towns north of there were under a tropical storm warning as of Friday evening. Officials along Topsail Island enacted a voluntary evacuation as of 9 a.m. Friday.

“We are advising people to exercise extreme caution, this is a severe weather event,” said Allan Libby, the public information officer with the Town of Surf City. “We went to voluntary evacuation at 9 (Friday) morning for low lying areas or those with health concerns. There is no mandatory evacuation ordered.”

For those who plan to evacuate their homes from Surf City or any area town, Onslow County has compiled a list of guidelines for those headed to an established shelter:

• Bring blankets or sleeping bags, flashlights, special dietary foods, infant needs and light weight folding chairs.

• Register every person arriving with you at the shelter.

• Unless the shelter is, “pet friendly,” do not take your pets.

• Do not take alcoholic beverages or weapons of any kind to shelters.

• Be prepared to offer assistance to shelter workers if necessary, and stress to all family members their obligation is to keep the shelter area clean and sanitary.

• Keep important papers, like identification and insurance policies, with you at all times.

Businesses and residents within the Onslow County portion of Surf City have been advised that water and sewer utilities may be interrupted if weather conditions grow too severe.