NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – As New Hanover County Emergency Management officials continue to closely monitor Hurricane Matthew, residents and visitors are encouraged to review emergency plans, restock disaster supplies, and remain vigilant.
The National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory shifts the storm’s “cone of uncertainty” west, placing New Hanover County solidly inside the storm’s possible path. As of 5 p.m. Monday, Matthew was still a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. It was 360 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and moving north at 7 miles per hour.
Earlier today, Governor McCrory declared a State of Emergency for 66 counties, which facilitates the movement of any resources that may be needed to respond to the storm. “While we do not yet know how Hurricane Matthew will impact North Carolina, we do know that we can expect some form of impacts on our state,” said Governor McCrory.
Residents are encouraged to review their emergency plan for the following:
Home Preparedness tips include:
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Emergency Management Communications Coordinator