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Northampton update: Dorian’s impact not expected to reach severe levels

Northampton County is expecting to begin feeling the impacts from the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian later today (Thursday) with the storm’s main punch arriving overnight and into Friday, according to the county’s Emergency Management Director Ronald P Storey Jr.

“The current forecast for Northampton County indicates that we could experience sustained winds in the 20 to 30 mph range with possible wind gusts up to 40 mph,” Storey said on Thursday morning. ‘The current rainfall estimate is 2 to 4 inches. This forecast should not cause severe impact to our area.

“Our neighboring coastal counties are currently in the path of Dorian and are expected to be severely impacted, so in an effort to assist we will be opening a shelter for those evacuees,” Storey added. “If any Northampton County residents feel unsafe in their homes, this shelter is available to them as well.”

The shelter is located in Jackson at the Northampton County Cultural & Wellness Center at 9536 NC 305 Highway, and will open Thursday at 12 noon. Should you decide to come to the shelter please remember being prepared and taking some personal items with you makes the stay a little more comfortable. Prepare a go-bag to carry with you. Items to bring with you are:

Food – The shelter may provide food. If you want comfort food or you are on a special diet, you should bring your own food.

Clothing and Bedding – You should have two changes of clothing and all weather shoes. Not always is there bedding provided. A sleeping bag, blanket and pillow would make it more comfortable.

Personal Items – Bring toiletries items with you. Don’t forget your prescription medicines.

Miscellaneous – Cell phone and charger, radio and flashlights are all important to have. Bring toys and comfort items for children to keep them comfortable.

Alcoholic beverages and weapons are not allowed in shelters. Smoking is not allowed in the shelters either.