Hurricane Florence and Evacuation Notices

Senator Lee’s District 9 Newsletter

Update: Hurricane Florence and Evacuation Notices

Please read the below information from New Hanover County Emergency Management regarding Hurricane Florence, evacuation orders, and shelter information:
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, a shelter specifically for New Hanover County residents will open at theSoutheast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610. Residents of New Hanover County who are planning to go to a shelter are strongly encouraged to relocate to this inland location that is being provided by our state partners. New Hanover County staff will be on site to assist at the shelter.

Residents of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are under a mandatory evacuation order. Wrightsville Beach will have a mandatory evacuation beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Residents of Wilmington, and all of New Hanover County who live in low-lying areas where flooding and storm surge are a factor, are strongly encouraged to relocate to locations inland.

All New Hanover County residents and visitors should evacuate or be in a safe location before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.

Buses will be available today for all county residents at 3:30 p.m. and will depart by 4 p.m. to the Raleigh shelter. Buses will leave from the west parking lot of the Government Center, located at 230 Government Center Drive.

“This shelter in Raleigh should be the first shelter that our residents consider when evacuating,” said Emergency Management Director Steven Still. “Residents who are at risk of flooding and surge should heed the warnings and evacuate.”

This Raleigh shelter is a pet co-location facility and will accept cats and dogs (no exotic animals). Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food. There will be limited food service available for people seeking shelter.

New Hanover County Emergency Management is activating the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center at noon today. Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number beginning at noon today at (910) 798-6800. The latest information regarding Hurricane Florence can be found on the website.

Residents and visitors are urged to complete their hurricane preparation and evacuation plans, as Hurricane Florence nears.

Please also sign up for New Hanover County emergency alerts here.

NC Emergency Management has a website with information on Hurricane Florence here:

I also greatly encourage you to download the ReadyNC app to your smartphone as it provides details on how to prepare an emergency kit, where shelters are open, and other essential information. ReadyNC also may be accessed at

Storm updates also will be available via N.C. Emergency Management’s social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.