Sites where you can find hurricane information

Published 10:42 am Tuesday, September 11, 2018

As Hurricane Florence approaches landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, a state of emergency has been declared for North Carolina. The office of Sen. Richard Burr encourages all residents to follow the advice of local officials and comply with any evacuation recommendations and mandates. Additionally, you can find the Red Cross’ hurricane preparedness tips here.

The following resources are available for statewide updates on the storm and emergency preparedness:  

•    NC Emergency Management: Follow NC Emergency Management on Twitter (@NCEmergency) for updates and statements from state and local officials. Get more updates by downloading the ReadyNC app, available along with more info on 


•    Road Conditions: (@NCDOT) Up to date road conditions can be found by visiting NCDOT.  You can also call 211 with questions about road conditions.

•    FEMAThe Federal Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the situation and providing information resources for residents on Twitter (@FEMARegion4) and on their website,  They have shared a hurricane preparedness toolkit that you can find here.

•    NOAA: The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is providing regional and county-specific weather updates at On NOAA’s interactive map, click on your area to find the latest forecasts and advisories. The latest briefing information on the storm can be found here.

•     American Red CrossFind hurricane safety and preparedness tips on or follow the group on Twitter (@RedCross) or Facebook (Red Cross). You can find a list of open emergency evacuation shelters here.

•     Duke Energy: Report any power outages by calling 800-228-8485, texting OUT to 57801 or visiting You can also monitor updates on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy). 

•     NC Electric Cooperatives: Report a power outage in your county on the cooperatives’ website,

In addition, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service has set of the N.C. Disaster Information Center:

The site contains information for farmers of all types, as well as families an the general public. It also has links to FEMA and other state and federal resources.

•  Rowan County Emergency Services: Department is comprised of three divisions: Emergency Medical (EMS), Fire, and Emergency Management/Homeland Security. You can see their updates via Twitter (@rowancountyes) or Facebook.

Although no shelters are open right now the following shelter locations are provided for general awareness in the event that they need to be opened.

Rowan County Shelters: (also available at

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