• 59°

Travel, accomodations altered in face of storm

RALEIGH ó The N.C. Department of Transportation is making preparations to respond to Tropical Storm Hanna. The storm is expected to make landfall between Cape Fear and Myrtle Beach, S.C. about midnight.

The NCDOT Ferry Division suspended service late this morning between Southport and Fort Fisher due to high winds and rough seas. All other ferries are operating on their normal schedules as long as weather permits. For the latest updates to the ferry schedules, call 1-800-BY-FERRY.

As of noon today, North Carolinaís Amtrak passenger train service has been altered in anticipation of Hanna. Service has been suspended for trains 89, 90, 91, 92, 97 and 98, which serve the eastern part of the state.

Service on train 79 from New York to Raleigh has also been cancelled. Train 80 will operate on its regular schedule from Charlotte to Raleigh, but once it arrives in Raleigh, it will turn around and return to Charlotte as Train 79 at its regular departure time of 4:50 p.m.

Trains 19, 20, 73 and 74 will operate on a normal schedule. All train schedules are subject to change as Hanna moves along the East Coast. For questions about train travel or to reschedule a trip, contact 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Tropical storm-force winds are expected in areas along the U.S. 1 corridor and east. The storm has the potential to drop up to six inches of rain in some areas, which may cause flash flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

NCDOT personnel are readying equipment and preparing to respond. Crews have mobilized and staged equipment along N.C. 12 on Pea Island, at Buxton and on Ocracoke Island. Personnel in other parts of the state are ready to assist in the worst hit areas, if needed.

Motorists are advised to avoid driving during and immediately after the storm. If people must travel, they should not drive through flooded roadways. They should turn around and take an alternate route. If there is no alternate route, head to higher ground and wait for the water to subside. Do not attempt to cross over a flooded road even if it seems shallow. Fast-rising waters can wash out roadways, and just one foot of water can float many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.

For up-to-date information on road conditions, call NCDOTís toll-free travel hotline, 511, or visit www.ncdot.gov and click on ěTravel Informationî to access details about a specific county or route, as well as ferry and rail information.

For details on Hannaís path, shelter locations and feeding sites, call toll-free to the Governorís Emergency Bilingual Hotline at 1-888-835-9966 or TTY 1-877-877-1765. Operators are available 24-hours a day to answer questions. After the event, the hotline will serve as a referral line for people in need of help.

The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development is posting updates of accommodations hotlines and availability for individuals in need of lodging as Tropical Storm Hanna unfolds. Go to www.VisitNC.com home page for details.

Comments

Comments closed.

Coronavirus

Cooper plans to lift gathering, distancing limits by June 1

Crime

Convicted sex offender charged with having child pornography

Crime

Rowan County woman faces drug crimes for gas station incident

Crime

Blotter: Thousands of dollars in lumber taken from Newsome Road house

Local

Locals react to Chauvin verdict, reflect on work still to do

Business

With remote expansion, outsource provider FCR looks to become an ‘exceptional part’ of Rowan community

Local

City expects $1.5 million surplus in current budget, ability to raise some wages for police, public works

Education

Enochville Elementary to host farewell event May 1

High School

High school softball: Carson beats West in a wild one

College

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will speak at NC State graduation

High School

Wonders, Trojans facing off Monday on Cannon Ballers’ field

Local

City approves two apartment developments, more than 160 new units

Nation/World

Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd’s death

News

Bill seeks to end pistol purchase permits from NC sheriffs

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 300th death attributed to COVID-19

News

Chauvin convicted on all counts in George Floyd’s death

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star