PENDER COUNTY – Due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Michael, a State of Emergency has been issued for Pender County.

Pender County Chairman George Brown on behalf of the board of county commissioners issued the declaration effective noon, Oct. 9.

“Pender County has been severely impacted by Hurricane Florence,” said Brown. “Additional rainfall, high winds, and storm surge from Hurricane Michael will impact already saturated areas of the county.”

“We urge our residents to secure tarps on their rooftops,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Secure lawn furniture and items that could become flying debris.”

Collins warned residents whose homes were damaged in Hurricane Florence to be mindful of weakened structures.

“When the ground is this saturated, trees fall. Power lines are taken down,” he said. “If you are sheltering in place, prepare for periods of being without power. Stock up on fresh water and refresh your emergency kits.”

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

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