Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Brunswick County issues voluntary evacuation, closes schools, opens shelter ahead of Hurricane Michael

Brunswick County is taking several emergency measures ahead of Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Matthew is expected to bring heavy rainfall and winds to the area. Brunswick County is taking advanced emergency measures ahead of the storm's impact on the region. (Port City Daily photo / National Weather Service)
Hurricane Michael is expected to bring heavy rainfall and winds to the area. Brunswick County is taking advanced emergency measures ahead of the storm’s impact on the region. (Port City Daily photo / National Weather Service)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Hurricane Michael is expected to bring heavy rain and winds to a region that is still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Brunswick County is closing schools and opening shelters ahead of the storm, as well as taking other precautions.

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Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in “incorporated areas who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas” as well as those living in “storm-damaged homes.” The evacuation is effective 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.

In addition, according to Brunswick County Schools spokesperson Daniel Seamans, all schools, including Bolivia and Town Creek Elementary, will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The closure is for all students and staff.

The county has also opened an emergency shelter at West Brunswick High School, located at 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte. The shelter will begin as the voluntary evacuation takes effect, at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

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