The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urged residents to prepare for a tropical storm which may bring sustained winds of 35-40 mph and wind gusts of up to 50 mph. This storm could deliver up to 5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re tracking this storm,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Every Pender County resident should take precautions to prepare for possible power outages. Citizens residing in low lying areas should be alert for localized flooding ”

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges all residents to secure lawn furniture, gas grills, and items that can be become flying debris.

Collins said residents should prepare for possible power outages.

Pender County Health Department urges residents to take this opportunity to assemble emergency supply kits which include at least one gallon of water per person, non-perishable packed or canned foods and juices, a can opener, rain gear, flashlights, a radio with fresh batteries, fully charged cell phones with an extra battery, cash, and fuel for generators. All important documents should be secured in a waterproof container. All pets should be secured.

According to the National Weather Service the tropical storm’s potential impacts include minor structural damage, large limbs and trees downed and scattered power outages.

“We urge residents to be alert in low lying areas,” said Collins. “Motorists should not cross flooded roadways with more than 4-inches of rushing water.

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.

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