Hundreds Use Eastern Carolina Storm Shelters

Hundreds of people left their homes Friday evening as Tropical Storm Hanna approached the Carolina coast.

In Onslow County, 159 people utilized their shelters, 24 of them at the White Oak shelter.

In Craven County emergency workers say less than 50 people showed up.

The Pitt County shelters were used by 18 people.

A handful of people checked into the Newport and Atlantic Beach shelters in Carteret County.

Below is a list of shelters. We will update as new information becomes available.


Northside High School, opens at 6 p.m. Friday.


Atlantic Elementary School
Newport Middle School (pets okay)

Both shelters open at 4 p.m. Friday. People should bring food, bedding and medication.


Cherry Point will open a shelter a 6 p.m. Friday at the Cherry Tree House, located on 4th Avenue next to the Family Service Center.


Havelock High School, 101 Webb Blvd., Havelock
Brinson Elementary School, 319 Neuse Forest Ave., New Bern
Farm Life Elementary School, 2000 Farmlife Ave., Vanceboro
Ben Quinn Elementary School, 4275 Martin Luther King Blvd., New Bern

All shelters open at 6:00 p.m. Friday.


Jones County Civic Center on Highway 58 opens at 6 p.m.


Lenoir Community College 7:00 pm Friday.


The shelter at Williamston High School on Godwin Drive will open at 7 p.m. on Friday. Those needing shelter are responsible for their own dinner, blankets, chairs or cots and other personal items including medications.


Shelters at Winstead Avenue Elementary, 991 S. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount and Southern Nash High School, 6446 Southern Nash High Rd., Bailey will open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.


The Onslow County Chapter of the American Red Cross has activated its Disaster Ready Team in preparation for the impact of Hanna. Your Red Cross is on alert to respond and provide emergency services that may include mass care, family assistance, and disaster health services, among others to meet the disaster-related needs of victims.

The Red Cross will open six (6) shelters in Onslow County at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 5, 2008 to provide safe shelter for individuals and families evacuated from risk-prone areas in the path of Hanna.

The shelters will be located at:
Dixon Middle School
Swansboro High School
Richlands High School
Southwest Middle School
Jacksonville Commons Middle School
White Oak High School

The only shelter that accepts animals is the Jacksonville Commons Middle School. The site is a co-located human and pet shelter. Pets must be in carriers, with current vaccinations, and accompanied by their owners.


Pamlico Community College 4 p.m. Friday


A Red Cross shelter will open on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Knobbs Creek Recreation Center on Ward Street in Elizabeth City.


Wellcome Middle (3101 N. Memorial Dr.)
D.H. Conley High (2006 Worthington Road)
Farmville Central High (3308 East Wilson Street, Farmville)

All shelters open at 6:00 p.m. Citizens need to bring bedding, food and supplies with them to the shelters.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    I am shocked at Beaufort County only opening one shelter almost down in Belhaven. The people in Washington that might need shelter probably cannot get transportation that far. Is Beaufort County offering any public transport to the shelter? As far as pets in shelters, the only shot required by state law is RABIES, so I do not understand about being up to date on shotS.
  • by mike Location: martin county on Sep 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    why is it only williamston gets a shelter? in years past they opened a shelter in every town so getting to one would not be a problem. it seems now all they care about is opening one in williamston only.and williamston being the middle of the county does not help with someone who has limited means of getting around.
  • by Allison Location: Washington, NC on Sep 5, 2008 at 10:34 AM
    I understand wanting the pets in the shelters to have papers/proof of vaccinations, but what about the people with pets that can't afford/are behind on their pets shots? They are the ones that will most likely need to go to the shelter. I just hope that everyone that has pets has a way to keep them safe as well as themselves.
  • by Anonymous Location: Atlantic Beach on Sep 5, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    This makes no sense. This is the 2nd tornado in carteret county this morning and they will not let school out. These kids are probably scared. Whats the problem I wonder?
  • by Anonymous Location: Newport on Sep 5, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    Newport Middle School Shelter will open at 4:00 PM. There will not be any early releases in Newport.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    Wow...Carteret county sucks. No closings for schools or even an early release and no shelters. Is CC planning on doing anything??
  • by Jeff Location: Washington on Sep 4, 2008 at 06:00 PM
    Pls advise. What is the likelihood that the Tar/Pamlico River will flood in the area of the Hwy 17 Bridge in Washington:

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