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Hurricane Florence Evacuation

Post Date:09/10/2018 8:20 PM

Due to an imminent threat to public safety, Carteret County has issued an evacuation declaration. The Town of Beaufort is under a state of emergency. Your safety and welfare are at stake! Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 130 mph as of Sept. 10, 2018 and has the potential to increase to Category 5. Tropical Storm winds are anticipated to arrive on Thursday morning, Sept. 13, 2018.


A County-wide evacuation is set to begin at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Citizens and visitors in Carteret County must plan for an evacuation now. Please leave early, especially those that will be traveling with boats or trailers. Citizens and visitors should plan to be at a safe location and sheltered by 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

 Updates of Storm Arrival:

Stay tuned to local news media for the latest public information announcements, hurricane updates and shelter openings.



  • All outdoor objects including trash cans and patio furniture should be brought indoors or tied down.
  • Clear your property of all debris that could damage buildings in strong winds.
  • It is recommended to board your windows.
  • Cut off LP gas at the tank.
  • Cut off power to your home at the circuit breaker.
  • Cut off water to your home at the water valve.
  • Cut off water and power to your dock.
  • Take your pets.
  • Take your necessary medications.


CURFEW: A curfew goes into effect for the Town of Beaufort from sunset to sunrise beginning on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 to remain in effect until modified or rescinded.


TOWN OPERATIONS will cease at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 and will resume at a time deemed safe after the storm event.



Storm-related information and re-entry procedures following the storm will be updated on the Town’s website and Facebook page as data becomes available.  Access to this website is dependent upon the ability of the internet service provider to maintain its operations during the storm.  The Town’s website address is: Re-entry passes are not being issued by the Town of Beaufort. Please be prepared to show proof of residency if necessary upon re-entry.

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Public shelters will be set up for evacuees outside of Carteret County. Please monitor the County’s Facebook pages or download for updates on shelter locations


Medically Fragile Citizens should contact the Emergency Management Office at (252) 222-5841 for shelter information.


Prepare an Emergency Kit:

The kit should contain nonperishable food, water (one gallon per person per day) and clothing to sustain each family member for 3 days. Include a flashlight, radio, spare batteries, blankets, rain gear and appropriate footwear. Special considerations must be made for the young or disabled. Remember to include baby food and medications as well as photo copies of important family documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies. Secure original copies of documents in a waterproof container in case of flooding. These emergency kits should be taken with you during an evacuation. Remember to fill your gas tank.

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