UPDATE: Carteret County says Knightdale shelter full

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Carteret County says an out-of-county shelter is now full.

That shelter is located at Knightdale High School in Wake County.

Newport Middle School will open at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday as a shelter, while people are being asked to visit readync.org for other shelter locations outside of Carteret County.

County emergency officials say this could be the worst storm they have seen since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Emergency officials say their biggest worries are the duration of the storm, the high winds and storm surge.

"This is still going to be a historic storm," warned Emergency Services Director Stephen Rea even though the storm track this morning shifted south.

Rea said a lot of people are evacuating.

Both bridges to Bogue Banks that's home to Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, and Pine Knoll Shores will close at 7 a.m. Thursday.

A curfew will also take effect at that time.



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Carteret County is asking residents to start evacuating at noon on Tuesday.

County emergency officials say this could be the worst storm they have seen since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Monday evening, the mayor of the town of Beaufort issued a State of Emergency. Additionally, a curfew will be in place from sunset to sunrise beginning on Thursday and will remain in effect until further notice.

The beach towns of Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, and Pine Knoll Shores say they have issued mandatory evacuations for their residents and visitors.

Both bridges onto the island will close at 7:00 a.m. Thursday.

Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, and Pine Knoll Shores will be under a
curfew beginning at 7:00 a.m. Thursday. Emerald Isle says during its curfew, it will be illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere in the town.