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County Issues State of Emergency; Encourages Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Sep 10, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners issued a State of Emergency effective today at 3:30 p.m. in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

The declaration includes a curfew that will be effective from sunset to sunrise beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12, as a precaution in the unincorporated areas of the county. No expiration has been set for the curfew at this time. The effects of the hurricane are expected to be felt here beginning Wednesday, if the storm continues its current track. Residents are urged to stay indoors during the weather event.

“Be vigilant and prepared. Preparation time is never wasted time. Take the storm seriously. Take the time now to prepare for the impact of high winds and flooding,” said Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Larry Lancaster during a joint press conference with the City of Fayetteville today.

“This is a serious matter. The city and county are working very well together with coordination of our emergency management services as well as other departments to stay and to support one another,” said Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin.

“Hurricane Florence will bring us heavy rainfall and damaging winds, which may cause localized flooding and power outages throughout the county. Now is the time to prepare for this potentially life-threatening hurricane. We recommend that you finish preparations no later than Wednesday evening, Sept. 12,” said Assistant County Manager Tracy Jackson, who is the County’s interim Emergency Services Director.

“Decide now whether you or your family will shelter in place, move on to an emergency shelter provided by the county or leave the area to stay with family and friends,” Jackson said.

Emergency management officials will be updating residents in the coming days with information on shelter openings and other storm-related news. 

Residents sign up to receive severe weather and emergency notifications through the Cumberland ALERTS system. Register at

Please stay tuned to the County Facebook page, and Twitter page, for weather updates and preparedness information.  Visit the Hurricane Florence webpage on the County’s website at