New Hanover declares State of Emergency in advance of impacts from Hurricane Matthew

Posted October 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm     Category: Emergency News

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County has declared a State of Emergency effective at 12 p.m. Thursday, October 6 in advance of impacts from Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew is now a category 3 hurricane located 60 miles south-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas.

“The state of emergency implemented for New Hanover County is a precautionary measure that will allow Emergency Management officials to access resources immediately if they are needed,” says New Hanover County Chairman Beth Dawson. “We encourage citizens to remain vigilant and monitor the storm. While we may not take a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew, flooding, high winds, and the potential for power outages all remain serious concerns.”

The New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center is operating in a limited activation working with local, state, federal and other community partners to ensure resources are in place and ready to be deployed as necessary.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington says as of this morning, the New Hanover County area could see 40-42 mph peak sustained winds beginning Saturday. Average rainfall amounts of greater than 10 inches can also be expected along the coast. Property owners should ensure drainage ditches are clear before the storm to help prevent flooding problems.

Given the current forecast, widely scattered power outages are likely across the Cape Fear coastal areas. Residents are encouraged to secure any loose items around the house such as lawn furniture, canopies, tents, etc.)

Preparation information can be found online at, or by downloading the ReadyNC mobile application. The ReadyNC app is free and available now in the Apple AppStore and Google Play for Android devices.

Information and updates regarding government operations are being posted online at, and on social media. Follow @NewHanoverEM and @NewHanoverCo on Twitter and on Facebook page at and for the latest news and information.


Release Contact:

Charles Smith
Public Information Officer
(910) 798-7446

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