More than 150 people fled to emergency shelters in Brunswick County as Tropical Storm Hanna edged closer to the North Carolina coast.
County emergency management director Randy Thompson said he
expects Hanna to make landfall between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service said landfall would
occur at Holden Beach around 4 a.m.
Thompson said the storm would reach land at high tide.
By 6 p.m. Friday, there were about 30 people in two county
shelters, but Thompson expects that number to rise with the storm's
In New Hanover County, shelters were sparsely attended.
Officials estimated that 123 people, one dog and one cat were in
the county's three shelters. Emergency management director Warren
Lee said he expects a few more people, but not a huge increase.