The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to prepare for Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, it is expected to acquire tropical characteristics today through tonight as it approaches the NC coast.
“Pender County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Potential Tropical Cyclone 16,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Management director. “This storm is expected to bring some heavy rainfall and gusty winds as it passes just off shore”
According to the latest reports, Pender County will be impacted by heavy rainfall and gusty winds through Sunday morning. This could result in some downed limbs, trees, and power lines. Some coastal flooding may occur.
If you don’t have a hurricane emergency kit, there is time to assemble a kit. Have batteries, plenty of drinking water, non-perishable foods, medications, cash, a full tank of fuel in your vehicles, and propane in stock. A complete checklist is available online at www.readync.org.
Batson said the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff will continue to monitor the storm.
“When preparing, keep in mind the items you need to maintain the health and safety of your family and pets,” said Batson. “This is the time to secure lawn furniture and items that can be lifted away by strong winds gust.”
Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website, www.pendercountync.gov. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.