County plans to resume normal operations Saturday as impacts from Hurricane Ian move out of area – Communications and Outreach – Communications and Outreach

The county plans to resume normal operations Saturday as impacts from Hurricane Ian move out of the area

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, North Carolina – Gusty winds from Hurricane Ian continue to be felt in New Hanover County, but the storm is beginning to move out of the area, causing coastal flooding, downed trees and power outages.

The forecast for Saturday includes residual gusty winds, but otherwise clear weather, so New Hanover County expects to return to normal operations. Most services and attractions that are typically open to the public on weekends will be open on normal hours, including libraries, the Cape Fear Museum, Port City United Connect and the landfill.

Staff will assess damage to county parks, Airlie Gardens and the Arboretum beginning Saturday morning at 7 a.m., and they will each be open after being deemed safe for the public.

The County Emergency Management Team is actively monitoring the storm and coordinating with the state, National Weather Service and local partners to ensure necessary resources are available and the community is safe and informed. The county’s emergency activation is expected to end Saturday morning based on the current forecast, after which any necessary damage assessments will take place.

Duke Energy’s latest estimate shows about 1,900 power outages in the county, and Duke Energy will actively work to restore power to those customers when conditions are safe. The fault map can be viewed atoutagemaps.duke-energy.com.

SAFETY REMINDERS

Below are several safety reminders that we encourage the community to be aware of:

  • If you have to be on the road, treat all non-functioning traffic lights as a four-way stop.
  • Several districts of the department are subject to flooding. Don’t cross standing water or drive around road barricades – they’re there for your safety.
  • Use caution around short-range power lines.
  • When you start cleaning up after the storm, wear protective clothing and gear to clean up the debris.
  • Be careful when using a chainsaw by wearing proper protective gear, making sure bystanders are a safe distance away, and following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Avoid contact with power lines and take extra care when cutting trees or branches that are bent or caught under something else.
  • Do not walk in standing flood waters. Keep in mind that floodwaters often carry germs and other dangerous debris.
  • In the event of a power outage, do not use a generator inside your home or garage, even if the doors and windows are open. Use generators only outdoors, more than 20 feet from your home, doors, and windows. And use flashlights instead of candles to reduce the risk of fire.
  • Refrigerated or frozen foods may not be safe to eat if you have lost energy. Find out what you can do to keep food safe during a power outage and when to throw away food that could make you sickhere.

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