An updated list of Moore County closing, delays, and important information regarding the impact of Hurricane Florence:
~On Tuesday, September 18, Moore County Schools will be closed for all students and staff. On Wednesday, September 19, Moore County Schools will be closed for all students. It will be an optional work day for staff. The status of schools for the remainder of the week will be announced as soon as possible.
~Due to inclement weather, Sandhills Community College’s Pinehurst and Hoke Campuses will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, September 17-18. They plan to open the Pinehurst and Hoke Campuses on Wednesday, September 19.
~Moore County Criminal District Court is cancelled on Friday, September 14, Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18.
~The Moore County Schools’ Community Forum is rescheduled to Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m.
~Sandhills Community College is closed for students and staff Thursday and Friday.
~Southern Pines Police Chief Bob Temme has announced the Southern Pines Police Department will open the C. Michael Haney Community Room at the station to “serve as a safe location for the community to charge their electronic devices in the event of any community member experiences a power outage.” The department has two natural gas generators.
~Moore County declared a State of Emergency from Hurricane Florence Tuesday afternoon. In anticipation of Florence’s fury, the county has announced that the Moore County Department of Social Services, Health Department Red Cross, and Moore County Animal Service will open an emergency public shelter in Carthage from Hurricane Florence beginning at 5:00 pm Wednesday September 12, 2018. The public shelter will be located at the Moore County Ag Building located at 707 Pinehurst Ave. in Carthage. As of Thursday, the Carthage shelter is at full capacity.
~The Mayor of Foxfire Village has declared a State of Emergency from Hurricane Florence.
~Mayor Farrell has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Aberdeen effective Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 5 p.m.
~Southern Pines Mayor, David McNeill has declared a State of Emergency for the town beginning Wednesday, September 12 at 5 p.m.
~Message from Southern Pines Town Manager, Reagan Parsons written Thursday, Sept. 13: Town offices and facilities, to include the Library and Recreation and Parks programs, will be closed beginning Thursday September 13th through Sunday September 16th. The Thursday route for trash pickup has been canceled and will resume next Thursday while a decision regarding Friday’s route will be made tomorrow. Residents are asked to remain sheltered during this weather event and stay off the roads so that emergency workers can best respond to any situations caused by this major storm.
In addition to Town crews being prepared to address localized incidents, Moore County has issued its own Declaration and will open a shelter at the Agriculture Center in Carthage at 5 pm today in advance of Hurricane Florence landfall. Duke Energy has imported crews from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Florida and staged them statewide, while Governor Cooper has also declared an emergency and placed 2800 National Guard on standby effective later this evening.
Residents may report power outages to Duke Energy by calling 1-800-419-6356. Blocked roads should be reported by calling the Southern Pines Police Dispatch Center at 910-692-7031. Should the effects of the hurricane dictate further cancellations or any changes to this information, an update will be provided at that time.
~ The town of Robbins announced Moore County Social Services will open a shelter at North Moore High School, located at 1504 N. Moore Road in Robbins at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13.
~Pinhurst Mayor, Nancy Fiorillo, has declared a State of Emergency effective 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13.
~Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced Thursday afternoon that Moore County has not implemented a curfew due to Hurricane Florence and does not plan to implement a curfew at this time.
~A price gouging law is now in effect in North Carolina after Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the state as Hurricane Florence moves toward the coast. Attorney General Josh Stein notified businesses and consumers today to be on the lookout for any issues.
Attorney General Stein and the North Carolina Department of Justice will be reviewing complaints from consumers closely over the next several weeks and are prepared to take action against any businesses engaging in price gouging activities. Please report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.
Please check back for updated important information regarding Hurricane Florence. Please check our Facebook page for information as well. We will continually update this article for those who do not have a Facebook account. This article is a catch all space for any and all information we receive from town officials.
Picture courtesy of Village of Pinehurst