PENDER COUNTY – In preparation for the multi-hazard severe weather event expected this afternoon and evening, Pender County will close all county parks and the Holly Shelter Shooting Range at 3 p.m. today.
The county will also close the COVID-19 Call Center at 3 p.m.
Pender County offices and Pender County libraries will close at 4 p.m.
All Pender County Convenience Sites and the Hampstead Transfer Station will close at 5 p.m. today.
According to the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will drive a line of storms across the Carolinas, resulting in an increased risk for severe thunderstorms. The numerous to widespread severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts more than 60 mph, a few tornadoes, and large hail. In addition, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning is also expected, especially with the more intense storms.
“We encourage Pender County residents to closely monitor this developing weather situation,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County assistant emergency manager. “The Pender County Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring this storm front.”