CARTERET COUNTY - This is a list of the shelters and curfews that have been put in place in response to Hurricane Arthur. This list will be updated as we get more information.
The Chairman of the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners issued a State of Emergency Thursday.
Due to "very serious" concerns for rainfall amounts and wind-blown water from the Pamlico Sound flooding the Pamlico and Pungo Rivers, officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for low lying areas and areas that are prone to flooding throughout Beaufort County. The County Emergency Management staff considers the definition of "low lying areas" as any area where residents are required to purchase flood insurance or areas where residents have had flooding or rising water in past rain or wind events.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, Beaufort County will open two primary shelters:
-Northside High School at 7868 Free Union Church Rd, Pinetown
-Southside High School at 5700 N Carolina 33, Chocowinity.
For residents who chose to stay at one of these shelters, Animal Control will accommodate animals at 3931 US 264 East Washington.
All individual shelter residents should report to the shelter with a bedroll or sleeping bag, a pillow, a towel, and personal care items. Residents with special needs should report to the shelter with a relative or person who is capable of providing for their care. Employers that provide room and board for individuals who speak English as a second language are encouraged to contact the Beaufort County Emergency Operations Center should they need to make shelter arrangements for employees.
All residents who wish to evacuate and have issues traveling to one of the two primary shelter sites can contact the Beaufort County Emergency Operations Center at 946-2046.
A curfew will be enforced in Atlantic Beach, Beaufort and Pine Knoll Shores starting at 11 p.m. Thursday until canceled.
Cape Carteret has a curfew from 11 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday.
Emerald Isle's curfew begins at 10 p.m.
Morehead City has declared a State of Emergency, which took effect at 10 a.m. Thursday. MHC's curfew is from 11 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday.
Carteret County has opened shelters at the the following locations:
-Newport Middle School at 500 E. Chatham St. (Pet friendly).
-Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center at 3820 Galantis Dr. in Morehead City (For those with special needs).
Officials recommend that people bring food, water and medicine to the shelter at Newport Middle School. The shelter provides cots, but they ask that people bring pillows and blankets. The Newport Middle School shelter is pet friendly, but people should bring pet restraints, pet food, and material for waste clean-up. There will be nurses on duty.
Laura Blair with the N.C. Port Authority also tells us that the Morehead City port has been closed to all shipping and vessel traffic since 2 a.m. Thursday, but regular terminal operations are underway. The U.S. Coast Guard will be monitoring the channel.
Craven County has declared a State of Emergency effective at 4 p.m. Thursday. Weather forecasts indicate that the eastern section of Craven County, including the areas of Harlowe and Havelock, will begin experiencing hazardous weather conditions as early as 5 p.m. Thursday.
Craven County is prepared to open four emergency shelters Thursday at 6 p.m. The shelter locations include:
- Ben D. Quinn Elementary School located at 4275 M. L. King, Jr. Blvd. (Pet friendly)
- Brinson Memorial Elementary School located at 319 Neuse Forest Ave., New Bern.
- Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary located at 2000 Farm Life Rd.
- Havelock High School located at 101 Webb Blvd., Havelock
*Citizens should bring their own pillows, blankets, medication and any other special needs.*
Residents who decide to remain in their homes are encouraged to make certain they have disaster preparedness kits containing supplies of non-perishable food, water, medicine, cash, flashlight batteries and portable radios for this event. Be advised that emergency personnel may not be able to respond to distress calls during critical stages of the storm.
Craven County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will be open during regular hours from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, and from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 6.
Craven County Government will post all important updates and media advisories on the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov.
The City of Havelock has declared a State of Emergency for Hurricane Arthur. A curfew will be in place for Havelock from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday.
Hyde County has declared a State of Emergency.
A curfew for Ocracoke Island will be from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday. The curfew for mainland Hyde County will be from 10 p.m. Thursday through 8 a.m. Friday.
Sale of alcoholic beverages in Hyde County is prohibited from 5 p.m. Thursday through 8 a.m. Friday.
Onslow County declared a State of Emergency at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. County offices closed at 2 P.M.
Three shelters have opened in Onslow County:
-Dixon Middle School at 200 Dixon School Rd., Holly Ridge
-Jacksonville Commons Middle School at 315 Commons Dr. South, Jacksonville. (Pet-friendly but clients should bring all needed pet supplies, including food and water.)
-Swansboro High School at 161 Queens Creek Rd., Swansboro.
Jacksonville Transit ceased operations at 8 p.m. Thursday, and will resume normal schedule Friday, weather permitting.
Swansboro's curfew will be from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. To keep resident safe, the Town of Swansboro will restrict the public appearance of any person except emergency personnel within town limits (with the exception of the major thoroughfare Highway 24).
Pamlico County will open a general population shelter at 5 p.m. Thursday located at Pamlico Community College (5049 Highway 306 South, Grantsboro).
Shelters are not intended to be used for long-term housing of persons and have not been stocked to provide this type of extended care. Therefore, persons evacuating to the shelter should bring necessary food and personal care items for the next 24 hours.
The shelter is a pet-friendly location with the following requirements:
- Proof of current rabies vaccination
- Owners MUST stay with their pets
- All pets must be crated
- Owners shall provide food and any necessary medications.
The public is urged to monitor the event by listening to a NOAA Weather Radio, local news channels, and by viewing the Pamlico County web site at www.pamlicocounty.org.