Buses held evacuate New Hanover residents to Raleigh area


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A shelter specifically for New Hanover County residents opened in Knightdale at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The shelter is at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane.

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Residents of New Hanover County who are planning to go to a shelter are strongly encouraged to relocate to this inland location that is being provided by our state partners. New Hanover County staff will be on site to assist at the shelter.

On Wednesday, there will be additional transportation buses to the Knightdale shelter as well as other Wake County shelters at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and Garner High School.

All buses will depart from the New Hanover County Government Center’s west parking lot at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents should arrive at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively.

Residents of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are under a mandatory evacuation order.

Wrightsville Beach will have a mandatory evacuation beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Residents of Wilmington, and all of New Hanover County who live in low-lying areas where flooding and storm surge are a factor, are strongly encouraged to relocate to locations inland.

All New Hanover County residents and visitors should evacuate or be in a safe location before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.

This Knightdale shelter is a pet co-location facility and will accept cats and dogs (no exotic animals). Those seeking emergency shelter should bring their own blankets/pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons are permitted. Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food. There will be limited food service available for people seeking shelter.

Information on other available shelters in New Hanover County can be found here.