Updated 6:41 p.m.

Duplin County will be opening four shelters on Wednesday at 5 p.m.:


Wallace-Rose Hill High School, 602 High School Road, Teachey
Beulaville Elementary School, 138 Lyman Road, Beulaville
North Duplin Elementary School, 157 N. Duplin School Road, Mt Olive
James Kenan High School, 1241 N.C. 24 and 50 Hwy, Warsaw

Shelters will remain open during the storm, and are anticipated to close Friday art 5 p.m., according to a press release from the Duplin County Planning Department on Tuesday. Those going to the shelter should bring bedding, clothing, medications, baby necessities, food for restricted diets, and personal hygiene items.

Tobacco products, e-cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, and weapons (concealed or otherwise) are prohibited, according to the release, and the county asks that people 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, according to the release. 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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Updated 5:15 p.m.

North Topsail Beach will not be issuing re-entry passes as they have done in advance of previous hurricanes such as Florence.

According to Oxley, the town is not issuing the permits at this time due to the workload of town staff. But the documentation that would normally be needed to receive a re-entry pass will be accepted for re-entry itself.

According to Oxley’s post on the NTB Facebook page, full-time residents of NTB will be allowed back in if they present a valid state-issued I.D., utility bills, a lease agreement or any other document that lists an NTB address.

“People shouldn’t be worried about getting back on the island,” Oxley said.

 

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Updated 5 p.m.

The towns of Holly Ridge and Richlands have declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, according to Richlands Town Manager Gregg Whitehead and Holly Ridge Mayor Anita Dingler.

Holly Ridge has also issued a voluntary evacuation order, according to Dingler.

“If (residents) feel they need to evacuate please do so for their safety,” Dingler said.

Dingler added the town will be keeping their Facebook page up to date for any changes that may happen.

 

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Updated 2:55 p.m.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a mandatory evacuation for all barrier islands, effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The order applies to North Topsail Beach and Surf City.

“Please listen to and follow all evacuation orders,” Gov. Cooper is quoted as saying in a press release from the state. “We have seen the life and death effects of this storm in the Bahamas, and we urge everyone on the islands at the coast to leave.”

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According to a press release from Surf City on Tuesday, the purpose of a mandatory evacuation is to inform residents that this is their last chance to evacuate. All emergency services will be unavailable during the storm and will not respond to residents who remain regardless of the nature of the emergency.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the Surf City CodeRED Emergency Alert System by visiting SurfCity.gov and clicking on the “email and phone alerts” menu.

An earlier press release from NTB suggest its residents sign up for NTB CodeRED alert system as well. The alert system can be found on NTBNC.org.

 

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Updated 12:35 p.m.

Swansboro has announced a voluntary evacuation and declared a State of Emergency.

Mayor John Davis signed a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency and called for a voluntary evacuation effective at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the town.

Swansboro Town Hall will be open for normal business at least through Wednesday evening at 5 p.m., according to the release. Staff is evaluating the storm and will determine a time to open the Emergency Operations Center on Thursday. When the EOC is opened, the phone at Swansboro Town Hall 910-326-4428 will be forwarded to the EOC.

 

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Updated 12:03 p.m.

Onslow County Schools will be closed for students Wednesday through Friday this week.

The school system announced the closure for all students, in addition to cancelling after school and evening activities, in a Facebook post around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Wednesday is a teacher workday for staff, according to the post, but unless otherwise notified by a supervisor staff will not work. Friday 12-month staff members will report as conditions allow and 10-month staff members will be off.

"Concerns about student absences due to preparation for, or effects from, Hurricane Dorian should be addressed with their school principal," the school system wrote. "Thank you for your support as we work to keep our students, staff and community safe."

 

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Updated 11:20 a.m.

The City of Jacksonville has declared a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips announced the State of Emergency during a press conference Tuesday morning and said for residents to prepare for the worst as the storm is expected to bring high winds and flooding to the area.

“We’re still going to feel some effects as the storm goes by our coastline,” Phillips said.

Phillips urged the community to take precautions now, including preparing for up to seven days without power.

The city will open their citizen’s phone bank Wednesday morning. That phone number is 910-938-5200.

Watch the full video of the City of Jacksonville's press conference here:

 

 

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Update 10:55 p.m.

Onslow County will open shelters in four locations across the county in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

Swansboro High School, Richlands High School, Dixon Middle School and Jacksonville Commons Middle School will open their doors at 7 a.m on Thursday to residents who don’t feel safe staying at home for the duration of the storm. The Commons location will serve as the pet-friendly and special needs shelter.

According to County Manager David Cotton, the Onslow United Transit System (OUTS) will provide transportation to those who do not have their own.

“If you’re alone I would highly recommend you come to a shelter,” Cotton said during an emergency Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning. “We will have capacity and we will come and get you if you don’t have transportation to a shelter … we have the resources and the capability to provide for your safety.”

Because of the need for shelters, Cotton explained, schools in the area will likely be closing. No official announcement has been made by the school system, but Onslow County Schools posted on Facebook Monday to say an announcement would be made Tuesday.

According to Director of Emergency Services Norman Bryson, Dorian is currently a Category 3 hurricane over the Bahamas. It is expected to decrease to a Category 2 as it makes its way towards North Carolina.

Residents of Onslow County can expect to see four-to-six feet of storm surge, according to Bryson. The storm will bring five-to-10 inches of rain (15 in some parts) and 25 hours of tropical force winds. It is expected to hit as early as Thursday evening.

In addition to the shelters, Cotton said, the county will centralize its resources at its Emergency Operations Center as it did last year. Every day of its operation, there will be 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. briefings broadcast over Facebook Live on the county’s Facebook Page.

The county set up a citizens phone bank to field citizens’ questions regarding the storm and their options during it. The number for the citizens phone bank is 910-989-5027.

“If anyone has any questions we encourage them to call the citizens phone bank,” Cotton said.

 

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Updated 10:35 a.m.

Duplin County has announced a voluntary evacuation and State of Emergency.

In an email from Duplin County Public Information Officer Elizabeth Stalls on Tuesday morning, a declaration from the county announced a voluntary evacuation, stating it is recommended for low-lying areas.

A curfew has not yet been announced, but Duplin Sheriff Blake Wallace has the authority to institute one should it become necessary. Duplin's emergency management coordinator, Matthew Barwick, has the authority to institute a mandatory evacuation if one is needed.

 

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Updated 9:51 a.m.

After issuing a voluntary evacuation for Onslow County, officials gave advice on which routes will be best to take for those who choose to leave.

The voluntary evacuation is in place for those who live in the county, outside of city or town limits.

Director of Emergency Services Norman Bryson said those who choose to evacuate should head west and focus on getting away from the coast and N.C. 24, N.C. 50, U.S. 258, and U.S. 17 will be the best roads to use.

 

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Onslow County has declared a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

The Onslow County Board of Commissioners held a meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday to announce the State of Emergency as well as a voluntary evacuation for the area.

A reporter is at the meeting. Stay with JDNews.com for more information.