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    I wonder how broadcasters handle this. They have to stay around to provide information. or do they? Someone does.

    One observation.

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    https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/ru...ches/831256898

    Heres more on Florence

    NEW HANOVER COUNTY:
    New Hanover County recommends a voluntary evacuation for the whole county, including Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington.

    Residents and visitors should be in a safe location before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

    Trask Middle School will open and operate as a shelter beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m. This is a pet co-location shelter and cats and dogs are welcome. No exotic animals. Limited food service will be provided for those seeking shelter.

    A hotline for evacuation, shelter and other storm-related questions will open up at noon Tuesday. Call 910-798-6800.

    CAROLINA BEACH

    A mandatory evacuation will begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. and all residents should be off the island no later than 8 p.m. Wednesday. A state of emergency was declared for Carolina Beach on Monday.

    The town has established an 8 p.m. curfew beginning Wednesday night.

    Trask Middle School is the first evacuation shelter and it will open beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m.

    KURE BEACH

    A mandatory evacuation will begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. and all residents should be off the island no later than 8 p.m. Wednesday. A state of emergency was declared for Kure Beach on Monday effective at 11 a.m.

    BRUNSWICK COUNTY:
    Brunswick County has issued a mandatory evacuation for its residents in unincorporated areas who live "in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes" beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

    Officials said that this includes but is not limited to Waccamaw, NC 904/Pireway Road, areas on Town Creek, residents along NC 133, the Daw's Creek Area and other flood-prone areas.

    A voluntary evacuation has been issued for all other residents in unincorporated areas of the county.

    Brunswick County offices will be closed as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

    “I highly encourage people to move out of the county,” said Emergency Management Director Brian Watts. “The best thing to do is to get out the county.”

    For those staying in Brunswick County, officials have opened shelters at the following locations:

    West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte) will open Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. It is pet-friendly.
    North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland) will open Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.
    South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes) will open Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.
    Odell Williamson is not a shelter, according to officials.

    Residents who want to evacuate but don't have transportation can call the Citizen Phone Bank at 910-253-5383.

    BELVILLE

    The town of Belville declared a state of emergency effective at noon on Monday. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents living in low-lying areas, mobile homes, and structures that will not sustain high winds to evacuate.

    HOLDEN BEACH

    A voluntary evacuation also is in place for the Town of Holden Beach. Town officials have issued an immediate, mandatory evacuation for non-resident renters and visitors by 12 p.m. Tuesday. A mandatory evacuation will also be in effect for residents who must leave the island by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    LELAND

    The Town of Leland has issued a state of emergency.

    The town also has issued a mandatory evacuation for "residents who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes, beginning at daylight (7 a.m.) Tuesday. A voluntary evacuation also has been issued for all other residents.

    A town-wide curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

    Also, effective at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage other than on your own property is prohibited.

    NAVASSA

    The Town of Navassa declared a state of emergency and has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents living in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday. A voluntary evacuation for all other residents is recommended.

    Shelters in Brunswick County will open at West Brunswick High School on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and at North and South Brunswick High schools on Wednesday at 8 a.m.

    Residents are strongly advised to seek shelter outside Brunswick County, possibly in Johnston or Cumberland counties. Evacuees should bring identification, any needed medications, clothing for three to seven days, sheets and/or bedding and cots and air mattresses if available.

    Dogs and cats will be allowed in the West Brunswick High School shelter.

    OAK ISLAND

    The town of Oak Island has issued a state of emergency effective at noon on Monday. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for visitors and tourists and a voluntary evacuation for residents have been issued as of noon on Monday.

    SOUTHPORT

    The Southport Board of Aldermen declared a state of emergency for the city effective at 2:15 p.m. Monday. They also issued a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and tourists and a voluntary evacuation for residents. A mandatory evacuation for city residents will go in effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    SHALLOTTE

    The Town of Shallotte declared a state of emergency effective at 4 p.m. Monday.

    A mandatory evacuation for those living in low-lying and flood-prone areas or in substandard or mobile housing begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday. A voluntary evacuation is recommended for all other Shallotte residents beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m.

    The town office will close Wednesday at noon.

    BLADEN COUNTY:
    Bladen County plans to open shelters at noon on Wednesday. The locations of the shelters are:

    East Bladen High School, 5600 NC-87 E, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
    West Bladen High School, 1600 NC-410, Bladenboro, NC 28320
    Bladen Lakes Elementary School, 9554 Johnsontown Rd, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
    East Arcadia Elementary School, 21451 NC-87 E, Riegelwood, NC 28456

    Any resident needing transportation to the shelters can call BARTS beginning at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 910-862-6930. Residents are encouraged to contact BARTS early since it will not be available after winds reach a sustained 25 miles per hour.

    Residents with special needs are encouraged to go to West Bladen High School. Residents who require assistance at home with personal care, feeding, wound care or who are bed bound are requested to have their caregiver accompany them to continue providing this care. If you use any special medical equipment such as an oxygen machine, nebulizers, etc., bring them with you. West Bladen High School will also be the location of the pet friendly shelter.

    Remember to bring the following items with you to the shelter:

    Personal Medicines/Medical Supplies/Bottled Water
    Ready to Use Baby Formula/Milk/Snacks/Treats. Please make sure all food is prepackaged, ready to use; no home cooked foods.
    Canned Foods/Can Opener/ Diapers/Wipes
    Toilet Paper
    Feminine Products/ Flashlight/ Batteries
    Soap (liquid)
    Paper Towels
    Tissue/ Toothbrush/Toothpaste/ Brush/Comb/Pillow/Blanket
    2-3 Days Change of Clothes/ Dentures/Dental Adhesive /Glasses/Contacts
    Hearing Aids/ Radio
    First Aid Supplies
    Air Mattress/Sleeping Bag/Reading Material/Games
    Important papers, driver’s license, identification.

    COLUMBUS COUNTY:
    WHITEVILLE

    The city of Whiteville declared a state of emergency, effective 2 p.m. Monday, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon.

    PENDER COUNTY:
    Officials with Pender County have declared a state of emergency in the county effective at 3 p.m. on Monday.

    “We are tracking Hurricane Florence,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be fully activated starting this week.”

    George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners, signed the state of emergency declaration.

    Starting Sept. 11, Pender County, in cooperation with the American Red Cross and Pender County Health Department, Pender County Schools, and the Pender County Sheriff’s Department, four shelters will be activated – Burgaw Middle School, Topsail Elementary School, Cape Fear Middle School, and Malpass Corner Elementary. Burgaw Middle, the pet-friendly shelter will open Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. The remaining shelters will open Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.

    All Pender County government departments will supply personnel to answer telephones, work in shelters, report damage assessments, answer emergency telephones, and a myriad of other tasks.

    Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

    BURGAW

    The town of Burgaw has declared a state of emergency effective 8 a.m Monday.

    SURF CITY

    Surf City officials, around 4:30 p.m. Monday, announced that the town is under a voluntary evacuation. Residents are encouraged but not required to leave at this time. Hurricane key cards must be obtained prior to noon, Tuesday, September 11 as Town Hall will be closing at this time.

    TOPSAIL BEACH

    The town of Topsail Beach declared a state of emergency at 9 a.m. Monday. A voluntary evacuation went into effect at 12 p.m. Monday. The town will begin mandatory evacuations at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    CARTERET COUNTY:
    The county has issued an evacuation for every town and city. People who evacuate can seek shelter at Knightdale High School at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane in Knightdale. The shelter is pet-friendly.

    HYDE COUNTY:
    The county has issued a mandatory evacuation for the inland area and Ocracoke. People who evacuate can seek shelter at Knightdale High School at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane in Knightdale (same location as for Carteret County residents). The shelter is pet-friendly.
    evacuations for North Carolina.

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    It might not be all that bad in Myrtle Beach, but I have to wonder how people will feel about being forced out when there were two nice days with no danger whatsoever as long as you stayed on land.

    Several years ago, people were complaining that officials were crying wolf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vchimpanzee View Post
    It might not be all that bad in Myrtle Beach, but I have to wonder how people will feel about being forced out when there were two nice days with no danger whatsoever as long as you stayed on land.

    Several years ago, people were complaining that officials were crying wolf.
    Having been through a half dozen or so hurricanes in Miami and Puerto Rico, I know that evacuations have to be planned 48 hours or more in advance as roads are inadequate to carry the traffic a last minute order would create.

    And storms can shift course, weaken or for some other reason be less damaging than the full potential would indicate. It is far better to over-react a bit than to not do enough and have thousands of deaths.

    Interesting sidebar: even after a hurricane goes by, it's often impossible to get out and around. If there are no trees or power poles blocking roads, if you drive more than a mile or two you are likely to have flats in all four tires due to the debris such as nails, screws, broken glass and other sharp object.
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    https://abc11.com/weather/live-video...coast/4229794/

    Update ABC O&O WTVD in Raleigh, NC has preempted all ABC Programming for FLorence coverage and as obvious all other North Carolina TV Stations are doing the same unless they are required to evacuate due to flooding.

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    Interesting to see that even though NBC Universal sold The Weather Channel earlier this year, MSNBC is utilizing TWC resources in its coverage of Florence. I don't have the sales details handy, but obviously NBC retained some access to the channel for certain emergency coverage. They're combining it with NOAA forecasters and even Today Show meteorologist Al Roker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioPatrol View Post
    https://abc11.com/weather/live-video...coast/4229794/

    Update ABC O&O WTVD in Raleigh, NC has preempted all ABC Programming for FLorence coverage and as obvious all other North Carolina TV Stations are doing the same unless they are required to evacuate due to flooding.
    I wouldn't say all NC stations. I had a scare last night when I turned on the TV and saw news instead of ABC programming on WSOC-TV Charlotte. But I checked the DVR to see if maybe they just interrupted the show. When the show was over I fast-forwarded and everything was there. What I was seeing was the newscast that airs at 10:00, on a station co-owned with WSOC-TV, which had run over pre-empting "Seinfeld". The DVR can record four shows at once and for some reason the station that I am on when I turn on the TV had changed. It was actually the Spectrum News Channel before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    Interesting to see that even though NBC Universal sold The Weather Channel earlier this year, MSNBC is utilizing TWC resources in its coverage of Florence. I don't have the sales details handy, but obviously NBC retained some access to the channel for certain emergency coverage. They're combining it with NOAA forecasters and even Today Show meteorologist Al Roker.
    I did it again. I was interpreting that to be coverage of what is going on in Florence, South Carolina. Which doesn't even have an NBC affiliate, so theirs is either WIS or WMBF.

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