Officials issue evacuation orders & open shelters in advance of Hurricane Dorian

Posted September 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm     Category: Emergency News

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NCIn advance of Hurricane Dorian, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents and visitors of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island, which is a barrier island, beginning on Wednesday, September 4 at 8 a.m.

In addition, New Hanover County and City of Wilmington residents in areas prone to flooding or storm surge, as well as residents in travel trailers, mobile homes or homes still damaged from Hurricane Florence are under a voluntary evacuation beginning on Wednesday at 8 a.m.

One to three feet of storm surge, with potential of higher localized areas, is expected near the county’s major waterways including the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway, as well as inland along the county’s creeks including Pages, Howe, Bradley, Hewlett’s, Whiskey, Motts, Barnard, Burnt Mill, Smith and Ness Creeks. Residents in these areas are under a voluntary evacuation, and a more detailed list of those creeks and their locations can be found here.

Residents can also look up their address on the storm surge forecast map to know if they are in one of these surge-prone areas here.

Residents and visitors should evacuate and be in a safe location before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5.

“This is not the same type of rain event we saw with Hurricane Florence, but we have residents who are still in temporary housing or homes that can’t yet withstand the impacts of another storm,” said New Hanover County Emergency Management Director Steven Still. “Two shelters will open Wednesday and our partners are in the community helping Hurricane Florence survivors have their plan in place by Wednesday evening.”


New Hanover County will open the following emergency shelters at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, to assist residents in need of shelter during weather impacts of Hurricane Dorian.

Blair Elementary on Blair School Road (also known as Wrightsville Beach at Blair Elementary) (Pet Co-location Shelter)
6510 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28405

Codington Elementary School
4321 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412

Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items like extra clothing and hygiene supplies. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. There will be limited food service available for people seeking shelter. 

Wrightsville Beach at Blair Elementary School (located on Blair School Road) is a pet co-location shelter, and is available to house cats and dogs. Animals will be maintained in a separate wing of the facility, and owners are allowed visitation at designated times. Residents who are leaving town or staying in a location that does not welcome pets, have the option of taking their pet to the New Hanover County Animal Services Unit at 180 Division Drive. Owners are responsible for providing a crate for their pet and any medication and food for special dietary needs.

Emergency Operations & Public Questions

New Hanover County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) fully activated this morning at 7 a.m., and has been partially activated since Monday. The EOC will be working 24 hours a day through the storm to ensure our community is safe.

The public can call the Emergency Public Information Center with questions about shelters, evacuation orders, protective measures, or current notices at 910-798-6800.

The latest information regarding Hurricane Dorian can be found on the county’s website, and on the county’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Media Information Line: 910-798-6876

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