BEAUFORT COUNTY: Travel Restrictions, Voluntary Evacuation Lifted

Update, 12:30 a.m. Friday:

As of 3:30 a.m. Friday, travel restrictions and the voluntary evacuation order are lifted.

It's anticipated the shelters in Beaufort County will close at 9 a.m. Friday.

From Beaufort County officials:

Beaufort County will open two shelters to the public at 3:30pm instead of 4:30pm as previously announced. Beaufort County Schools will close two (2) hours early on Thursday and operate on a three (3) hour delay on Friday.

County officials worry that the increased speed of Hurricane Earl will make travel difficult early Thursday evening. Citizens arriving to stay the night at either Northside High School or Southside High School should make plans to arrive before 5:00pm.

Citizens arriving at shelters should bring necessary personal supplies.

The County anticipates both shelters will close early Friday morning after emergency personnel inspect primary county travel routes.

Citizens staying at either shelter may make arrangements for pets at the Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Shelter in Washington. Pets should arrive with necessary bedding, food, and medicine.

In a Wednesday night press release Beaufort County and all seven cities and towns in Aurora, Bath, Belhaven, Chocowinity, Pantego, Washington, and Washington Park announced a “Limited State of Emergency”, a voluntary evacuation, and travel restrictions only for emergency circumstances between the hours of 11:00pm Thursday night and 5:30am Friday morning.

Questions related to Hurricane Earl in Beaufort County should be directed to the County Manager’s Office during normal business hours on Thursday at (252)946-0079. After hours questions may be directed to Beaufort County Emergency Management at (252)946-2046.

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  • by Southern Side of the County on Sep 2, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    Live out to the city limits and tell me how long it takes you to get a sheriff or cop when you call, tell me how long it takes for the county to clear the roads, and tell me how many times a day your power goes out daily. Too many to count, Stop complaining. Southside High School is about 10 minutes on the southside of the river. Really not that hard to go there if your that scared of Earl.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Sep 2, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Whine, whine, whine and whine thats all you hear from people in Washington. Be proactive and take care of yourself and your property quit depending on the government for everything.
  • by employee's Location: Washington on Sep 2, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    Stanadyne want let there employee's go home so they are going to have to drive. Stanadyne is in Beaufort county. Lots of employee's are going to get tickets. What are these people suppose to do???????
  • by P on Sep 2, 2010 at 02:55 PM
    Reads like somebodys got the wrong shelters!
  • by There's a better way Location: Grimesland on Sep 2, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    And what happens to all of the dogs & cats that were at the shelter? Were they gassed to death to make room for the public's pets? That just seems so wrong. There are better options for pet shelters during emergencies than using the county facility.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 2, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    To "Have To Work" get your boss or whoever to speak with the authorities about this and I'm sure they will talk it out. Maybe you could leave 15 minutes early or work might get cancelled. Otherwise risk a ticket and fight it off in court with your boss right there. If they find you guilty, have your boss pay it off. As far as the towns and cities, you forgot Pinetown.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    First of all, WHS is considered a Secondary Shelter for Beaufort County. PS Jones is the first option for Washington Residents. Earl is not going to be a Rain event, which is what effects Washington City area the most. Earl is going to be more of a Wind event for us. Therefore, Northside High and Southside High Schools are being opened for residents of Beaufort County (including Washington,Choco,Bath,Belhaven,Aurora,etc) to seek shelter if they currently live in Mobile homes, campers, etc. If this hurricane was expected to have a direct land impact with Beaufort County, you can Guarantee we'd be under a Mandatory Evacuation out of here!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    One thing the living in the Washington area has taught me is that I have to depend on myself. The city cannot not even keep the electric on, on sunny days. The power in our area goes out several times a week some times several times a day, has been happening for years.
  • by Leo Location: Washington on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    Anonymous Location: Washington on Sep 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM, I checked with an elderly neighbor to see if she wanted to go to a shelter for this. She told me since she smokes, she cannot go since its not allowed on school property, not even outside. I guess the laws forgot that schools can be used by tax paying adults during time of emergencies. I find it to be very mean spirited to our older Americans.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Sep 2, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    Washington is never an area of concern, electric goes out, telephone lines out, boy talk about the "land that time forgot", if they are closing schools and phoning alerts to parent of children in school, they are obviously concerned, but not enough to have a shelter open in Washington?? What about all the olders folks, guess they don't matter anymore in Washington either. How far is it to Northside and Southside High Schools from Washington and again why don't they open this one for those who can't or don't have access to transportation? Every city including Washington within the town limits should have a place for those who wish to go to be safe available!
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