BEAUFORT COUNTY: Shelters Closed, No Major Damage

Beaufort County says there was no major damage to homes, businesses or roads from Hurricane Arthur.

Emergency Services Coordinator John Pack says power will be restored to 99% of residents by 5:00 p.m. Friday.

The two shelters set up in Beaufort County closed at 9:00 a.m.

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A state of emergency and a curfew has been enacted for Beaufort County which included mandatory evacuations for some parts of the county. Two shelters are also opening.

Washington has also declared a state of emergency and established a curfew.

The mandatory evacuation order was for low lying areas in Richlands Township.

A voluntary evacuation was put in place for low lying parts of Aurora, Pamlico Beach, and Belhaven.

Travel in Beaufort County through 6:00 a.m. Friday is restricted to emergency situations.

Also, during the state of emergency, sale of alcoholic beverages has been suspended.

Beaufort County opened two shelters, at Northside High School on Highway 264, west of Pantego, and Southside High School, on Highway 33 east of Chocowinity. Both shelters opened at 4:00 p.m. The Beaufort County Animal Shelter has also been open since 4 p.m., giving people a safe place to shelter their animals from the storm.

In Washington, a voluntary evacuation order was issued for residents of low-lying areas.

The city also restricted travel to only emergency situations through 6:00 a.m. Friday. Alcohol sales in Washington are also restricted during those same hours.