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LIVE BLOG: Constant updates, damage video and photos from Florence

Hurricane Florence has made landfall near Wilmington.

FOX8 will update this blog throughout the week and weekend with the latest news and damage.

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GREENSBORO:

Due to flooding in the area, North Church Street between Air Harbor Road and Plainfield Road will be closed until further notice. Motorists are asked to avoid this area.

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Notes from WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH press conference:
– they tried to get power restored yesterday but transformers blew
– they need at least enough power for fire suppression because there are so any wooden structures and houses are close together
– the water tower had leaks and so the water supply is low there as well
– when power comes back they will be able to start pumping water and then they can start letting people back on the island
– the water has been draining so they’re saying no sinkholes right now
– they are hoping for tomorrow morning as far as opening the island. And will have another update at 4:00

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DOWNTOWN FAYETTEVILLE

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ROAD CLOSED. Summerfield Fire District just reported that Strawberry Road north of N.C. 150 in Summerfield is closed due to a large downed tree and power line across the road.

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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are delayed for two hours on Monday because of weather

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will remain closed on Monday, Sept. 17, so that Park officials can assess any damages caused by Tropical Storm Florence.

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Truck overturns at 1334 Coltrane Mill Road in Randolph County. The driver was taken to Randolph Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Tree has fallen across utility lines blocking one lane on northbound Eastchester Drive. Crews are trying to remove the tree now. HIGH POINT POLICE directing traffic.

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NC Gov. Roy Cooper will give a news conference at noon. WATCH LIVE HERE:
FOX8 Live Stream 2 | Live events

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FROM TOWN OF NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH:

Update: we apologize for the lack of communication. With towers down, it is difficult to send messages. At this time, we want to communicate: 1) it seems the structural damage was mild to moderate 2) there is an incredible amount of flooding and other road hazards on both NTB & Onslow roads & 3) the earliest we can re-open to residents is Wednesday. This, however, is subject to change. We have a lot of work to do to make the roads passable and safe. Do not attempt to cross into NTB town limits. Police check points will not allow you in at this time, even if you have a reentry pass. More definitive timeframes will be provided when we have more information.

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HIGH POINT traffic alert: The 200 block of South Hamilton Street between IHFC and City Hall is blocked due to siding coming off the IHFC building and falling into the roadway.

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HIGH POINT: Please avoid the 1900 block of Eastchester (near Festival Park) and 400 block of E. Farriss due to downed trees.

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GREENSBORO: Duke Energy workers say residents in the 4800 block of Gaines Drive do not have power after a tree limb fell across utility lines at a house on Gaines Sunday morning. They said the limb will have to be removed before they can restore power to the homes.

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More than 875 people sought refuge overnight Saturday in one of the 20 Red Cross and community partner shelters this region is supporting. Entire North Carolina state and overall Florence response numbers from last night will be available later.

Alamance County
NEW – Graham Recreation Center, 311 College St., Graham, N.C.
CLOSED – Fairchild Recreation Center, 827 South Graham Hopedale Road, Burlington, N.C.
CLOSED – The Lambs Chapel, 415 Roxboro St., Haw River, N.C.

Anson County
Wadesboro Primary School, US 52 South, Wadesboro, N.C.

Caldwell County
West Caldwell H.S., 300 W.Caldwell Dr., Lenoir, N.C.

Forsyth County
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 2825 University Pkwy., Winston-Salem, N.C.

Gaston County
Ashbrook High School, 2222 S New Hope Road, Gastonia, N.C.

Guilford County
Glenwood Recreation Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd., Greensboro, N.C.
7th Day Adventist, 279 Eastchester Dr., High Point, N.C.

McDowell County (incorrectly noted as Marion County previously)
Grace Corpening YMCA, 348 Grace Corpening Dr., Marion, N.C.

Mecklenburg County
Ardrey Kell High School, 10220 Ardrey Kell Dr., Charlotte, N.C.
East Mecklenburg High School, 6800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, N.C. – AT CAPACITY
North Mecklenburg High School, 11201 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville, N.C
South Mecklenburg High School, 8900 Park Rd., Charlotte, N.C.
West Mecklenburg High School, 7400 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, N.C.

Montgomery County
Page Elementary School, 897 Page St., Troy, N.C.

Polk County
Polk County Middle School, 321 Wolverine Tr., Mill Spring, N.C.

Randolph County
CLOSED – First Baptist Church, 133 N. Church St., Asheboro, N.C.

Rockingham County
Rockingham Middle School, 182 High School Rd., Reidsville, N.C.

Stanly County
Locust Elementary School, 103 School Rd., Locust, N.C.
Anderson Grove Baptist, 2225 E. Main St., Albemarle, N.C.

Union County
Monroe Middle School, 601 E. Sunset Dr., Monroe, N.C.

Watauga County
Alliance Bible Fellowship, 1035 NC Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, N.C.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Water rescues have been made in Cumberland County, including one near the Cumberland-Sampson County line. A water rescue team, California Task Force 2 from Los Angeles, based at the Stedman Volunteer Fire Department since Florence started, made the rescue. The life-saving effort exemplifies the seriousness of the weather event and the powerful, dangerous effects of flooding waterways, which are about to become more frequent.

Another water rescue team, Nebraska Task Force 1 from Lincoln, Neb., is based in Hope Mills at the Hope Mills Fire Department. The Fayetteville Fire & Emergency Management Department has seven water rescue teams to deploy during Florence. Overall, there are 13 water rescue teams stationed currently in Fayetteville.

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Water rescue involving one person and a dog in Brunswick County.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has also canceled classes for Monday.

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More closings and delays are rolling in:

Closings and Delays

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This image shows a tree down on a home in Asheboro:

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TOWN OF OCEAN ISLE BEACH

Hurricane Florence Damage Assessment

An assessment of the island Saturday morning indicates that our island faired very well during the storm.

There is very minor damage to structures such as loss of vinyl siding, minor shingle and roof damage.

At this point we do not see any over wash of the dunes nor overflow of the canals. At present there is very limited water standing in the streets.

As soon as possible we will have crews working to clean up debris on the roadways and restoring water and sewer service. However, please keep in mind that until power is restored to the island, sewer service cannot be restored.

BEMC has not indicated when power will be restored so please remain patient as their crews work to clear and repair these lines.

More rain is expected throughout the day and we are still experiencing winds on the island.

Again please remember that property owners will not be allowed on the island until power, water and sewer service is restored. Please check our media sites and voicemail before making your return to avoid unnecessary wait times

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I-95 is shut down in both directions in Harnett County.

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Traffic advisory in Greensboro: The eastbound lanes of E. Wendover Avenue at Cherry Street are closed due to a vehicle collision involving serious injury.

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Information from the City of Fayetteville:

The County’s Hurricane Florence Information Line (910-678-7657) and the phones in the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center are down. The County’s webpage and County’s email are also down.

The County’s 911 call center is not affected and operating as usual.

The power is out at the Mac Williams Middle School and W.T. Brown Elementary School shelters.

Airport

The Airport is closed until further notice due to a power failure.

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Entire Blue Ridge Parkway To Close Ahead of Hurricane Florence

On Friday September 14, 2018, the entire 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway and all associated facilities, with the exception of the Pisgah Inn and Peaks of Otter Lodge, will be closed at 8:00 p.m. in anticipation of high winds and heavy rains due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Saturated soils in combination with high winds in these areas increase the risk of rock slide and falling trees and debris. This closure will remain in effect until further notice.

Access to Pisgah Inn will be via US-276 only. No access via the Parkway from the north will be available.

Access to Peaks of Otter Lodge will be via VA-43 only. No access to Peaks of Otter Lodge via the Parkway from the north will be available.

During this closure, all scheduled ranger programs and special events and uses are cancelled. This includes concerts at Humpback Rocks, Roanoke Mountain and Mabry Mill as well as the Overmountain Victory Celebration at the Museum of NC Minerals.

During the closure these sections of Parkway are closed to ALL use, including cyclists and pedestrians. Attempts to route around gates and barriers is prohibited. The public’s cooperation with these closures is important to the safety of our visitors and emergency responders, as well as the protection of Parkway resources.

Updates and information regarding the status of park facilities, including the road itself, will be available on multiple platforms, including the Parkway’s Real Time Road Map, the Parkway’s website, and its Twitter and Facebook pages. Park visitors and neighbors are encouraged to check these sites regularly for information and before heading out to the Parkway.

The real-time road map may be access through the link below: http://ow.ly/vtZR30lPbCG

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Florence is now a tropical depression:

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PER CNN:

The largest of five shelters in North Carolina’s New Hanover County has started to leak and officials are moving the 236 people inside to drier areas.

This is happening at Trask Middle School. At this time, there are no plans to move the people to other shelters, the Emergency Management agency says.

New Hanover County has 5 shelters open with a total of 568 people.

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This website allows people to tell first responders they need to be rescued and where they are: https://crowdsourcerescue.com/campaigns/view/46?scope_campaigns=46

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Flooding at the corner of Shepard St. and 11th St. in Morehead City. 

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11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center: 

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According to Duke Energy, the following counties have more than 1,000 outages:

  • Carteret (24,678) 
  • Onslow (11,452)
  • Craven (10,416)
  • Pamlico (3,876)
  • Pender (1,981)
  • Jones (1,791)
  • New Hanover (1,443)
  • Wayne (1,082)
  • Chatham (1,074)
  • Sampson (1,066)

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reports there are more than 110,000 outages statewide as of 10 p.m.

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According to Duke Energy, the following counties have more than 1,000 outages:

  • Carteret (24,677)
  • Pamlico (3,875)
  • Craven (8,637)
  • Onslow (2,819)
  • Jones (1,401)

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reports there are more than 95,000 outages statewide as of 9 p.m.

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8 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center: 

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According to Duke Energy, the following counties have more than 1,000 outages:

  • Carteret (24,675)
  • Pamlico (2,693)
  • Craven (4,538)
  • New Hanover (2,382)
  • Onslow (2,311)

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reports there are more than 87,000 outages statewide as of 7:30 p.m.

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According to Duke Energy, the following NC counties have more than 1,000 outages:

  • Carteret (23,230)
  • Pamlico (2,665)
  • Craven (2,651)
  • New Hanover (2,350)
  • Onslow (2,311)
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National Hurricane Center 5 p.m. advisory: 

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According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, the impact of Hurricane Florence should not reach Stokes County until late Friday. Out of an abundance of caution, STOKES COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL CLOSE THREE (3) HOURS EARLY ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018.

We will continue to monitor the weather conditions. If necessary, we will announce any updates to the school schedule through the phone system, the Stokes County Schools Facebook page, and local media.

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THE LATEST FROM PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:

Most Airlines report that they plan to maintain normal flight schedules; however there have been some cancelations.

Allegiant has canceled flight 834 arriving from Tampa/St. Petersburg and flight 835 to Tampa/St. Petersburg on Friday morning. American Airlines has canceled some regional flights to/from Charlotte to PTI, however American reports that they will re-book passengers on other flights to/from Charlotte.

Commercial airline carriers are expected to continue operating in and out of the airport as long as flight conditions remain safe and staffing levels are able to accommodate flights.
We strongly encourage travelers to check with their airlines before leaving for the airport to determine if their flights have been delayed or canceled.

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will be closing on Friday, Sept. 14 through at least Sunday, Sept. 16 as a safety precaution due to the potential impact from heavy rain, high winds and rising water from Hurricane Florence. The Park’s two birding events which were scheduled for this weekend, Flock to the Rock and Naturalist Niche: Fall Migration Bird Walk, will be rescheduled at a later date. Visit ChimneyRockPark.com or call 828-625-9611 for updates on when the Park will reopen.

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Flightaware shows planes flying around Hurricane Florence – https://flightaware.com/live/

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About 23 people are already making use of the FEMA evacuation center at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum by Thursday morning. Shelter workers expect a lot more later Thursday and on Friday. 

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11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center: 

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National Hurricane Center 8 p.m. advisory: 

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Hurricane Florence “spaghetti models” as of 6:36 p.m. Wednesday: 

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Guilford Technical Community College has announced it will close Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 16. The closure impacts all GTCC campuses and both day and evening classes. The college will resume normal operations on Monday, Sept. 17.

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National Hurricane Center 5 p.m. advisory: 

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The last night of the Central Carolina Fair at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex is TONIGHT (wed night) – no admission fee.

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Appalachian State’s home opener against Southern Mississippi (scheduled for Saturday) has been canceled

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