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State of Emergency and curfews canceled; storm shelters close

With Hurricane Dorian racing away in the Atlantic and improving weather conditions across the Roanoke-Chowan area, local counties are getting back to normal.

State of Emergency declarations in Bertie and Hertford counties have been lifted. Additionally, both counties canceled their overnight curfews, as did the Town of Ahoskie.

Storm shelters that opened Thursday in Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties also closed this afternoon (Friday).

Even better news is coming out of Windsor. There, officials were informed that a rise in the Cashie River would lead to flooding (originally predicted at two feet above flood stage, which is eight feet).

The National Weather Service has cancelled that Flood Warning for the Cashie. Storm surge levels are already receding. Rain showers have cleared the area. No major damage or inundation is expected from the Cashie River.

The State of Emergency declaration for Gates County remains in effect. Billy Winn, the county’s Emergency Management Director, said the decision to keep that declaration in place for now was the fact that there approximately 2,500 people still without power. The culprit, he said, was a major electrical transmission line that was downed.

Gates County did close its storm shelter this afternoon.