MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WITN) - One coastal town has ordered mandatory evacuations, while others are declaring states of emergency as Hurricane Florence approaches our coast.
North Topsail Beach Mayor Don Tuman says tropical force winds are expected Wednesday, so the town will begin mandatory evacuations Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m.
Jacksonville also declared a state of emergency. While there has been no evacuation order, those residents who do leave should prepare to be away for an extended period, according to a city news release.
New Bern likewise issued a state of emergency, effective 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Morehead City Mayor Gerald Jones signed his state of emergency declaration this morning.
The town says right now there are no restrictions with the state of emergency, but some could be imposed, if necessary.
Atlantic Beach also declared a state of emergency at 11:00 a.m., but so far no restrictions have been ordered.
In Craven County, a state of emergency was declared at noon on Monday. All county parks will close at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, while trash convenience sites will close Tuesday at 6:20 p.m.
Already, Carteret County has declared a state of emergency for the unincorporated areas of the county, while Onslow County declared a State of Emergency late Monday night.