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Wrightsville Beach under non-mandatory evacuation due to hurricane warning conditions

(Wrightsville Beach stock photo)

(Wrightsville Beach stock photo)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — The Town of Wrightsville Beach is under a non-mandatory evacuation due to hurricane warning conditions.

New Hanover County will open two evacuation shelters at 5 p.m. Friday to accommodate people in need.

A hurricane warning is also in effect for parts of the North Carolina coast, including Brunswick County, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Matthew was about 45 miles east-southeast of Daytona Beach, Florida. The storm has shifted slightly northward and is now expected to bring heavier bands of wind and rain further north Saturday as it approaches North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in all 100 counties and a tropical storm warning is now in effect for areas of North Carolina south of Surf City.