Mandatory evacuation issued for NC barrier islands

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper issued a mandatory evacuation of all North Carolina barrier islands on Tuesday.

This order goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

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“Please listen to and follow all evacuation orders,” Cooper said. “We have seen the life and death effects of this storm in the Bahamas, and we urge everyone on the islands at the coast to leave.”

The storm is expected to affect eastern North Carolina later this week, but much of the state will see Dorian’s effects in the form of rain and possible flooding.

Monday, Governor Cooper requested a federal emergency declaration for North Carolina ahead of the storm. If granted, this will make federal aid available to the state and its residents for preparation and relief efforts.



Everyone in North Carolina needs to get ready for the storm, emergency management officials urged.

  • Stay tuned to local news for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center (NHC), as well as state and local emergency management officials.
  • Prepare to lose power for an extended period of time.
  • Prepare emergency supply kits with enough bottled water and non-perishable food to sustain each family member for three to seven days.
  • Know your evacuation route and find out where friends and loved ones will be and how to get in touch with them.
  • Plan for your pets. Gather supplies for your pets and put them in an easily accessible container.

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