Hurricane Irene Lashes the CarolinasMark Clore ·
North Carolina Hurricane Damage
- State of Emergency declared by President Obama and Gov. Perdue for the east coast of the state ahead of the storm
- Shelters Opened: For those evacuating North Carolina's coastal areas, shelters have opened in 21 counties, with more ready to open throughout the weekend as Hurricane Irene approaches the state.
- Pet-Friendly Shelters: Designated shelters will allow domestic companion animals. All shelters permit service animals such as guide dogs. People who bring their pets should also have their pet's food, food dishes, leashes and proper identification. No poisonous animals will be permitted. The pet friendly shelters that will be opening are located in Leland, Newport, Oxford, Durham, Smithfield, Grantsboro and Henderson.
- Evacuations: Ten coastal counties were under some form of mandatory or voluntary evacuation order, including all of the Outer Banks, as well as inland Currituck County, Dare County, Hyde County and low-lying areas of Beaufort County.
- Prisoners Evacuated: 1,300 prisoners evacuated from two coastal prisons.
- Ferry Service Suspended: Service suspended at 4 p.m. Friday and will not resume until winds subside.
- Flights Cancelled: Charlotte/Douglas International Airport has had 123 flights cancelled, among the most this weekend. Airlines have already cancelled 1,380 flights in the US tomorrow in response to Irene, and 3,975 on Sunday. These numbers are expected to climb.
- Power Outages: Interactive map from Progress Energy showing power outages in Eastern North Carolina.
- State Dept. of Transportation: Workers are positioning heavy equipment on Hatteras Island to keep N.C. 12 open as long as possible The highway is highly vulnerable to flooding during storms
- Ocracoke/Hyde County: Evacuations began Wednesday morning
- Carteret County: Evacuations ordered for visitors and residents
- New Hanover County: A state of emergency has been declared for the county and mandatory evacuations are underway (and strongly encouraged for those along the beach front and in low-lying areas), a little earlier than previously expected to due the speed of the hurricane increasing.
South Carolina Hurricane Damage
- Tropical Storm Warnings Issued from Edisto Beach north to Little River Inlet
- Beach Erosion: Reported at high tide Friday evening on Edisto Island and Folly Beach.
- Downtown Charleston: Reported 49 mph wind gust just before noon Friday.
- Power Outages: About 5,000 customers without power along coast late Friday morning as outer bands of storm approach.
- Property Damage: Outer bands of Irene knocked trees on to houses near Florence.
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