Press Release – Pender County residents urged to stay alert to effects of Hurricane Irma

Press Release

Sept. 8, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: County Manager Randell Woodruff, 910-259-1200

Pender County residents urged to stay alert to effects of Hurricane Irma

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urged residents remain alert for possible wind gusts, storm surge, rainfall, and downed trees from Hurricane Irma.

“We are monitoring the track of Hurricane Irma,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We may experience Irma’s effects beginning Sunday night and Monday. We may experience the effects of the storm without taking a direct hit.”

Irma is a powerful storm that is pushing water. We could experience a tidal surge up to 2-ft.”

According to the National Weather Service, Pender County should see elevated risks of wind, storm surge, and possible tornadoes.

“Residents along the coast and sounds should anticipate a tidal surge,” Collins said.

Pender County residents have prepared well for Hurricane Irma, he said.

“We need residents to remain alert for effects of Hurricane Irma,” Collins said. “At this time the Pender County Emergency Operations Center is not fully activated.”

Residents may register for CodeRed, the county’s emergency alert system, at http://www.penderem.com.

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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Press Release – Pender County residents urged to prepare for Hurricane Irma

Press Release

 

Sept. 7, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: County Manager Randell Woodruff, 910-259-1200

Pender County residents urged to prepare for Hurricane Irma

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urged residents to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

“We’re tracking this storm,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Every Pender County resident should take precautions to prepare for Hurricane Irma.”

Collins said families should have emergency kits ready.

“Be sure your emergency supplies kit has enough bottled water and non-perishable food to sustain each family member for three to seven days,” Collins said. “Include a weather radio, flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, change of clothes, blankets or sleeping bag, rain gear and appropriate footwear. Also include copies of important documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies.”

While preparing for a family emergency, don’t forget to plan for your pets. Gather supplies for your pet and put them in an easily-accessible container.

“Now is the time to prepare your home,” said Collins. “Clean out gutters and clear property of debris that could damage buildings in strong winds”

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.

Homeowners will need to purchase items such as lumber and shutters now. Pre-drill the window casings, Collins said.

“Residents in flood-prone areas should know local evacuation routes,” Collins said. “We are not issuing a voluntary evacuation at this time, but we want all Pender County residents to know the routes.”

“We are monitoring Hurricane Irma,” said Collins. “It’s important for residents to keep up with weather advisories.”

Residents may register for CodeRed, the county’s emergency alert system, at http://www.penderem.com.

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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Hurricane Irma Outlook – National Weather Service, Wilmington, NC – September 7, 2017

Outlook & Key Points for Major Hurricane Irma

Overview: The current forecast continues with a turn to the north by Irma just south of Florida this weekend. The uncertainty of where the turn will occur is still high, so the uncertainty of the impacts to northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina are still high. As a result of the expected northward movement the probability for at least tropical storm force winds continues to increasing across the region.

Impacts: Dangerous surf & rip currents are expected through the weekend. It’s too early to tell what specific surge, wind, rainfall, & tornado impacts could occur. However, regardless of the ultimate track of the storm the combination of above normal astronomical tides & large wave action is likely to cause beach erosion which can further damage vulnerable coastal infrastructure previously damaged by Matthew.

Current Information:

Center location: 20.1 N 69.0 W

About 165 miles SE of Grand Turk Island

Maximum Sustained winds: 180 mph with higher gusts

Movement: WNW at 17 mph

Pressure: 921 mb or 27.20 inches

Key Points:

1) People should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place.

2) The time for initial preparations is now. Please monitor official and credible sources for further information.

2) Ensure that your supplies are in order & know what your family would do if evacuations are ordered.

3) Remember that there are large track errors in long range hurricane predictions. Also, the error

cone is not an impact cone. Impacts can occur outside of this cone.

4) NC and SC are now in the tropical storm force winds probabilities – see next page.

 


 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Storm watch is canceled in Pender County

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management announced the storm watch was canceled.

“The storm stayed out to sea and we had no major issues,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager.

Collins said the Emergency Operations Center has resumed normal hours.

“Preparing for this tropical storm is good practice for our citizens and our emergency services,” said Collins. “While we are grateful the storm did not impact our utilities or cause flooding issues, we urge our citizens to prepare emergency kits.”

Pender County Emergency Management will continue to post updates on the Facebook page at http://www.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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Pender County residents urged to prepare for tropical storm

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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