New Hanover County officials are monitoring Hurricane Michael

Posted October 9, 2018 at 5:02 pm     Category: Emergency News

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Emergency Management officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Michael and the area is now under a Tropical Storm Watch, with impacts expected in the area later this week. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and prepare for the potential impacts from this storm.

A State of Emergency remains in effect for New Hanover County, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

“The latest National Weather Service forecast projects 2-4 inches of rain, which could cause flooding impacts in parts of New Hanover County since the ground is still saturated in many areas,” said Emergency Management Director Steven Still. “Peak wind gusts of up to 45 mph could potentially topple already leaning trees and drop hanging limbs, causing further power outages.”

Residents are encouraged to review their emergency plans and follow these home preparedness tips:

  • Secure tarps that are on roofs to prevent any additional water intrusion.
  • Check trees for weak limbs and branches. Trim where necessary to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure outdoor items that could be blown down or blown away including furniture, loose rain gutters, and downspouts.
  • Clear any clogged areas, including drainage ditches and culverts, to minimize flooding and prevent water damage to your property.

Additional information on Hurricane Michael is available on the local National Weather Service website at weather.gov/ilm. Residents are encouraged to follow @NewHanoverCo on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and information.

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