The non-emergency Florence Information Hotline is 910-678-7657. For emergencies, call 911.

 

3:15 p.m.

DOT monitoring bridges over Cape Fear River

There are no immediate plans to close the bridges that cross the Cape Fear River that is in a flood stage but that situation could change quickly if the water rises high enough, a Department of Transportation spokesperson said Monday.

“They would only be closed when it is necessary to close them. That is why we are monitoring it every hour and checking water levels,” said Andrew Barksdale, public relations officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

He said if the DOT does decide to close the bridge it would put barricades up. In Fayetteville, the Grove Street bridge and Person Street bridge cross over the Cape Fear River.

“Our policy is whenever the river levels reach the girders, which is a structure right underneath the driving deck, or surface, of the bridge, then we began mobilizing to close it with signs and barricades. Bottom line: Cape Fear will crest tomorrow morning, and we won’t close them until it becomes necessary,” he said an email.

The latest forecast has the river cresting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at 61.8 feet, which is nearly four feet higher than it did in Hurricane Matthew nearly two years ago. People who live within a mile of the river have been ordered to evacuate due to the risk of flooding.

Brian Haney, assistant county manager for Harnett County, said in an email that he is trying to quash a false rumor and are no plans to close the Cape Fear River bridges in Lillington and Erwin.

"At this time, there are no plans to close the bridges or restrict travel," Haney said in a news release. "NCDOT continues to monitor river levels at both bridges. I want to reiterate, there are no plans to close bridges across the Cape Fear River in Harnett County at this time."

6:07 p.m.

PWC power outages continues to drop

The number of Fayetteville PWC customers without power is down to 2,543, an update said. Power was restored to 4,000 customers on Monday.

ording to the most recent news release. Power was restored to 4,000 customers on Monday.

5:54 p.m.

Alamac Road closed to all but emergency response vehicles

Robeson County officials have closed Alamac Road, south of Lumberton, to all traffic other than public safety and emergency response vehicles as well as essential personnel. Anyone traveling on Alamac Road will be asked to show identification when requested by law enforcement.

5:40 p.m.

Fort Bragg back to normal operations

For the first time since Florence rolled across the region, Fort Bragg will return to normal operations on Tuesday, officials said.

Service members, civilians and contractors should report as normal to their jobs. But those who are unable to safely come to work due to weather conditions should contact their chain of command or supervisor to secure leave.

5:01 p.m.

Moore County Schools closing schedule

Moore County Schools will be closed Tuesday for students and staff. Schools will remain closed for students on Wednesday, which will be an optional work day for staff.

4:35 p.m.

Curfew starts at 7:30 p.m.

As of 4:35 p.m., the sunset-to-sunrise curfew remains in effect Monday for the city of Fayetteville.

The curfew is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. through 7 a.m., according to the Joint Information Center.

Unincorporated areas of Cumberland County are still under a curfew from sunset to sunrise until further notice.

3:56 p.m.

Flood warning extended

The National Weather Service has extended a flood warning until 5:45 p.m. Monday for Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Sampson and Scotland counties.

3:48 p.m.

Hoke County curfew lifted, county office to reopen

Hoke County announced Monday that the curfew has been lifted and the county's office will reopen Tuesday morning. For more information, call the Emergency Operations Center at 910-848-4646.

2:05 p.m.

Road closures in Bladen County

The Emergency Management Department of Bladen County released information on road closures early Monday afternoon.

Travel is restricted from Bladen County to Columbus County as of 12:30 p.m. Monday, which includes U.S. 701, N.C. 410 and N.C. 131 through Bladenboro.

 Other closures include:

• U.S. 701 North of Clarkton

• N.C. 53 at Pender County line

• Elwell Ferry Road

• N.C. 41 West at Robeson County line

• N.C. 87 at Columbus County, closed at N.C. 11

• Hallsboro Road

• Twisted Hickory Road

• Page Road

• N.C. 242 North of Elizabethtown

• N.C. 131 South of Tar Heel

• N.C. 211 East of Clarkton and East of Bladenboro

2 p.m.

Lee County Schools closed

Lee County Schools is closed for students on Tuesday. An optional workday for staff begins at 9 a.m., the school announced.

 

1:55 p.m.

Harnett schools closed

Harnett County Schools is closed to students and staff Tuesday and Wednesday, the school system announced.

 

1:50 p.m.

Sampson County announces shelter changes

Sampson County has consolidated certain shelters to best allocate resources, a press release states.

Effective Monday, September 17 at noon, this is the list

of available shelters: Clinton High School 340 Indian Town Road: Clinton Midway High School

15274 Spivey’s Corner Highway, Dunn; Sampson Middle School

1201 West Elizabeth Street, Clinton.

The county's Special Needs Shelter remains open at our Sampson County Adult

Day Care. Those with special medical needs should contact Emergency

Management at (910) 592-8996.

Service animals are allowed at general population shelters; however, other

pets are not. For those persons going to a shelter and needing

emergency pet sheltering for dogs or cats, pet sheltering is still offered at

the Sampson County Livestock Arena located at 93 Agriculture Place,

Clinton. This shelter is manned by County staff and those familiar with

animal handling.
 

11:34 a.m.

Lumber River depth decreases

Robeson County spokeswoman Emily Jones sends out press release stating that the Lumber River went down 3 feet.

"We have residential areas that we are currently getting help to be evacuated because they cannot get out of their home," she writes

She writes that there are 1,592 people in the shelters.

"We will be setting up a donate page on our website and a list of items we will need," she writes. "Five shelters are still open. We are asking our residents to stay home or shelter."

 

 

 

 

11:26 a.m.

Hoke County orders mandatory evacuation for residents below McLaughlin Lake

Hoke County officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents who live along Gulley Branch below McLaughlin Lake. The action was taken late Sunday night because of the potential breach of the dam at the lake, according to a statement released by county officials.

Those ordered to leave include residents who live on Overlake Drive, Shoreline Drive. Woods Lane, Eulon Loop, Pecan Trace Road, Lakeside Road, all roads in the Country Walk subdivisions, Zane Drive, Southern Oaks Road, Bostic Road, Bill Wright Road, and Lena Drive.

Also, those on Swift Creek Road, Jody Lane, Myra Road, Gully Branch Road, Briar Hill Road, Mumford Road, Wildlife Lane, Camp Rockfish Road, Arabia Road from Davis Bridge Road to Sunset Lake Road, Everitt Road from Arabia Road to the Creekside subdivision, Rockfish Road from Camden Road to Davis Bridge Road, and David Bridge Road to the county line.

Troops from Fort Bragg and Coast Guard units were assisting residents with the evacuation, the statement said.

 

 

 

11:21 a.m.

Emergency workers trying to rescue a homeowner in Harnett County

Emergency workers are trying to rescue a homeowner stranded in the Captain’s Landing neighborhood, which is in northwest Harnett County, officials say.

About 10 water rescues have been performed in the county due to heavy rains that have caused the Cape Fear and Little rivers to rise, according to Zach Shean, the county’s assistant emergency management coordinator.

The county Emergency Management team, the Northwest Fire Department and swift water rescue teams from Cary and Davie County are participating in the rescue at Captain’s Landing, Shean said.

Officials are concerned that rising water from the Cape Fear River might come over the bridge that handles northbound lanes of traffic in Lillington, Shean said. Engineers from the state Department of Transportation are examining the bridge, he said.

Shean said that if the bridge has to be closed, traffic will be diverted to the bridge that usually handles southbound traffic, with one lane going in each direction.

N.C. 210 is the last main highway headed south out the county that is open, Shean said. That road could be closed later today as water close to reaching a bridge there, he said.

Officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of the Keith Hills neighborhood near Campbell University on Sunday. Shean said officials are concerned that the water could reach homes on the shore of the river and are worried about a spillway that serves as the only way in and out of the neighborhood.

 

 

10:30 a.m.

Fayetteville City Council holds special telephone meeting to discuss Florence

Fayetteville announced that City Council will hold an emergency special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today via teleconference call to discuss Florence recovery. People can access the discussion by calling 910-433-1327, ID: 71979 Pin: 555555.

 

10:19 a.m.

 

Sampson County government closes offices

 

Given the road conditions throughout the County and with nearly all of our employees engaged in disaster response, Sampson County Government Offices will remain closed on Tuesday, a press release states.

 

 

9:50 a.m.

Vass Road is closed

The Town of Spring Lake is reporting that Highway 87 south at Vass Road is closed.  Traffic is being rerouted to Highway 210.

 

 

9:12 a.m.

Interstate 95 closed in some sections

N.C. Department of Transportation issues release saying that heavy rains overnight have caused additional flash flooding. Crews are closing new flooded locations at this time. "Today we will continue to focus on closures in response to cresting rivers and flooding. Considering conditions crews have made good progress on debris and tree removal.
the release states.

I-95 is closed from I-40 to exit 65; closed between exit 13 and 46.

I-74 corridor is closed both directions from Whiteville to Brunswick County due to flooding; eastbound lanes closed at mm 210 in Robeson due to flooding.

Primary routes closed include: Bladen US 701, NC 20, NC 41, NC 53, NC 87, NC 131, NC 210, NC 211, NC 211 Business, NC 242, NC 410; Columbus US 74, US 76, US 701 Bypass, US 701 Business, NC 11, NC 87, NC 211, NC 905; Cumberland County I-95, US 13, US 301, NC 24, NC 53, NC 59, NC 87, NC 210, NC 690; Harnett County I-95, US 401, NC 27, NC 82, NC 210: Robeson I-74, I-95, US 301, US 501, NC 71, NC 72, NC 83, NC 130, NC 211.

Numerous secondary roads closed for debris and high water.

"Flooding situation is dynamic and changing by the hour due to overnight storms," the release states. "The Lumber River has flooded I-95 in Lumberton and is expected to flood US 74. The Cape Fear River in Fayetteville will crest at 62 feet potentially overtopping I-95, I-95 Business, and NC 24. Little River cresting at 35 feet."

There are no issues with bridges or dams at this time.

 

7:45 a.m.

Water rescue underway

A water rescue is underway at 104 City Drive in Whiteville in Columbus County. Police scanner says water is coming into home with adult woman and three-year-old child inside.

6:09 a.m.

Rivers rising; 1,474 people in county shelters

The Cape Fear River has risen to 49.61 feet as of 5 a.m. today and the Little River was at 32.47 feet by 4:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The Cape Fear River is expected to crest Tuesday at above 60 feet. It reached flood stage at 35 feet, and a mandatory evacuation was issued Saturday for people within one mile of the river.

As of 5 a.m., there were 1,474 people and 114 pets in shelters that include schools, recreation centers, the National Guard Armory, Manna Church and True Vine Ministries.

The information came in a news release from city and county officials handling the emergency response to Florence.

The Fayetteville Area System of Transit will take people to shelters, starting at 8 a.m. People who want transportation, including those with ADA needs, should call the non-emergency Florence hotline at 910-678-7657.

Shelter - Capacity/Current Population

Kiwanis Recreation Center - 200/124

Mac Williams Middle School - 210/166

Pine Forest High School (pet accommodations) -275/277

Seventy-First High School -295/142

Smith Recreation Center - 100/110

South View High School (pet accommodations) - 310/339

W. T. Brown Elementary School - 125/82

College Lakes - 120/24

National Guard Armory - 85/47

Manna Church - 175/100

True Vine Ministries 63 (current population)

TOTAL - 1,895/1,474 people, 114 pets

5:57 a.m.

South River EMC working to address outages

South River Electric Membership Corporation "starts the day with a plan to attack the remaining 11,620 members" without power, according to a news release.

Travel conditions proved challenging on Sunday because of increased flooding, the release states.

More than 200 line workers from 22 electric cooperatives in Ohio, Tennessee and Illinois, and other personnel, are involved in the South River's effort to get power back on, according to the release.

South River encouraged customers to turn off air conditioners, appliances and all lights except for one.

"If people have too many electric items on when the power is restored, the circuits can be overloaded causing additional outage," says the release.

Sunday

11:30 p.m

Mandatory evacuation in parts of Hoke

Hoke County issued a mandatory evacuation upstream of Rockfish Creek near McLaughlin Lake, where water was overtopping a dam that could potentially breach.

Areas affected are:

Overlake Drive, Shoreline Drive, Woods Ln, Eulon Loop, Pecan Trace Road, Lakeside Road, Country Walk Subdivisions – all roads, Zane Drive, Southern Oaks Road, Bostic Road, Bill Wright Road, Lena Drive, Swift Creek Road, Jody Lane, Myra Road, Gully Branch Road, Briar Hill Road, Mumford Road, Wildlife Lane, Camp Rockfish Road, Arabia Rd (from Davis Bridge Rd to Sunset Lake Rd), Everitt Rd (from Arabia Rd to Creekside subdivision), ]Rockfish Rd (Camden Rd to Davis Bridge Rd), David Bridge Rd to County Line.

"Affected areas are those that will be impacted by the emptying of the McLaughlin Lake into the Gulley Branch, flowing into the Upchurch Pond. Fort Bragg and Coast Guard Units will be on scene to assist residents with evacuation. For further information please call the Emergency Operations Center at 910-848-4646."

11 p.m.

Emergency personnel are monitoring Rockfish Creek near Hope Mills after reports of water flowing over a dam upstream in Hoke County.

Initial reports just after 10 p.m. were that the Hoke dam had failed, which would send a cascade of floodwaters downstream through areas of Hope Mills where neighborhoods flooded during Hurricane Matthew. By 10:30 p.m., crews at the scene were saying that the dam had not failed, but they were in position to conduct evacuations if needed. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Operations Center in Cumberland County said engineers were at the Hoke dam site monitoring it, as they have been during the weekend.

An Observer photographer reported that multiple crews staged near the Cotton Volunteer Fire Department on Calico Street after the initial report. The fire department had posted on its Facebook page that the dam had breached "and will cause catastrophic flooding. The alert sirens have been activated for all the communities safety you will need to watch closely and maybe and or will be a mandatory evacuation. Please pray"

Authorities later confirmed that the dam hadn't breached.

The Cotton station  flooded during Matthew, as did many homes in nearby neighborhoods.

Earlier in the evening, city and county officials warned residents on Rockfish Creek that water was being released from Lake Upchurch in a controlled manner to prevent a "catastrophic dam failure." The release would cause the downstream water level to rise an additional six to eight inches. The Emergency Operations Center said residents should monitor water levels and take appropriate action.

Check back for updates.

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8:40 p.m.: Shelter opens

An additional shelter is now open at College Lakes Recreation Center, 4945 Rosehill Road, with a capacity of 100. It is not pet-friendly.

Current populations at shelters are: Kiwanis, 112, capacity 130; Mac Williams Middle School, 142, capacity 105; Pine Forest High School, 240, capacity 225; Seventy-First High School, 118, capacity 295; Smith Recreation Center, 113, capacity 100; South View High School, 256, capacity 310; W.T. Brown Elementary School, 54, capacity 90; Manna Church (private shelter), 18, capacity 175. Total shelter population is 1,053 with a capacity of 1,530.

Any Cumberland County resident who wants to make arrangements to move to a shelter should call 910-678-7657.

A community resource directory is available on the county’s website at co.cumberland.nc.us/hurricane-florence-information. The directory has contact information for organizations that can assists residents with donations, volunteer opportunities, financial assistance and more.

7:40 p.m.: Hope Mills bridges closed

Hope Mills Mayor Jackie Warner said the Legion Road Bridge has been closed by the state Department of Transportation. The bridge at N.C. 59 and Parkton Road will be closing soon.

7 p.m.: Rain slacks off, flooding threat increases

The Fayetteville area could get only another inch or so of rain associated with Tropical Depression Florence, but the threat of flooding remains very high.

Brandon Locklear, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the axis of the former hurricane has moved west and is starting to affect Montgomery, Moore and Richmond counties and the Triad. He said most of Cumberland County got from 10 to 12 inches with some areas getting closer to 20.

"That's a large volume of water," Locklear said.

Now the big threat is flooding as the water rushes down the Cape Fear, Lumber and Little rivers. Peak flooding will probably occur Tuesday, Locklear said.

6 p.m.: Lake Upchurch release

Residents downstream of Lake Upchurch are being alerted that water is being released from the lake in a controlled manner to prevent a "catastrophic dam failure," city and county officials said.

The release will cause the downstream water level to rise an additional six to eight inches.

Residents are being urged to monitor water level conditions and take appropriate action.

 

5:40 p.m. Lumberton levee working

Robeson County officials said the levee in Lumberton is performing as designed and is being monitored by local officials.

The area under the Interstate 95 bridge across the CSX railroad was temporarily sandbagged and has been compromised by the rising flood waters.

4:50 p.m.

 

Harnett County tries to quash false rumor

 

"We are hearing a lot of rumors that Harnett County Public Utilities is shutting off water service. This rumor is not true, said Brian Haney, Assistant County Manager in a press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:25 p.m.

Harnett County urges residents to get to higher ground

Due to rising waters on the Cape Fear River and the potential for flooding,

Harnett County is strongly urging residents who live in close proximity to the

river to evacuate to higher ground. County officials are also imposing a

mandatory evacuation for Keith Hills.

The National Weather Service is projecting the Cape Fear River in Lillington

to reach its flood stage of 14 feet later this evening. The river is projected to

continue rising rapidly until it crests near major flood stage at 25.8 feet at

approximately 8 p.m. Monday.

It is believed properties located in the river’s 100-year flood plain will

experience flooding, as well as some properties located in the 500-year flood

plain.

Affected areas may include these roads and portions of these roads that are

near the Cape Fear River: (Lillington addresses) Woodwater Circle, Parkside

Drive, Falls of the Cape Drive, Morgan Farm Drive, Riverside Hills Drive, Ross

Road, South River Road, Oak Street, Wildlife Road, Keith Hills Road, Strickland

Lane, Wallace Lane, (Erwin addresses) Beaver Dam Road, Glenn Ruth Lane,

Bunnlevel Erwin Road, Roosevelt Road, Riverview Road, Waters Edge Drive,

(Dunn addresses) Olde Ferry Lane, Tom Byrd Lane, River Bluff Drive, Riley

Devereaux Court, (Fuquay-Varina addresses) Jackson Road, Bay Street,

Natchez Trace, Canal Street, Dauphine Street, Burgandy Street, Basin Street,

and (Broadway addresses) River Ridge

 

 

4:11 p.m.

Methodist University closed until Thursday

Continued rain from Tropical Storm Florence is causing severe flooding throughout the state. As a result, Methodist University will remain closed until Thursday when essential employees will return to campus. Unless conditions worsen, students may begin returning to their residence halls on Sept. 23. At this point, classes will resume at 8 a.m. Sept. 24. All athletic and other events are canceled until Monday morning.

 

 

 

 

4:10 p.m.

Sampson County Schools closed Monday.

Sampson County Schools and offices will be closed Monday will remain closed until further notice.

 

 

3:45 p.m.

Cumberland County schools closed

Due to inclement weather and continued hazardous road conditions, the Cumberland County Schools will be closed from Monday through Wednesday for students and staff. Additionally, all after-school activities and athletic events are canceled through Wednesday.

 

Make-up days will be designated at a later time.

Cumberland County remains in a state of emergency, and the top priority is the safety of students, staff and community members. CCS’ staff will continue to work closely with Cumberland County Emergency Management to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions.

To receive updates regarding delays and school closings, visit CCS’ Website, www.ccs.k12.nc.us, and social media pages, facebook.com/CumberlandCoSch and twitter.com/CumberlandCoSch.

 

 

3:40 p.m.

College Lakes Recreation Center Shelter Opens

 

An additional shelter is now open at College Lakes Recreation Center (capacity of 100) located at 4945 Rosehill Rd. It is not a pet-friendly shelter.

 

Waters of the Cape Fear and Little Rivers continue to rise, and public officials are communicating to the public in every avenue possible that things will get worse. Waters of the Cape Fear are expected to rise to 62-feet by Tuesday morning.

 

At this time, local law enforcement agencies and the Fayetteville Fire & Emergency Department have gone door-to-door or communicated through bullhorns to potential flood-zone neighborhoods about the mandatory evacuation of the Cape Fear River and the Little River.

 

For anyone who feels they are in an area that might be affected by the flooding, please make arrangements now to move to a shelter or other safe area. Do not wait until it is too late. Call the Hurricane Florence Information Line at 910-678-7657 if you need help with shelter assistance.

The Hurricane Florence Information Line at 910-678-7657 is available for Cumberland County information only.

A Community Resource Directory is available on the County’s website at http://www.co.cumberland.nc.us/hurricane-florence-information. The directory has contact information for organizations that can assists residents with donations, volunteer opportunities, financial assistance and more.

 

 

2 p.m.

Blounts Creek overflows

About 2 p.m., police blocked off Campbell Avenue and South Cool Spring Street because Blounts Creek has overflowed it’s banks.

Hurricane Matthew caused extensive flooding in this area, including about 90 Habitat for Humanity homes.

A man who did not give his name said he was out of his house on Sessoms Street for about a year after Hurricane Matthew flooded it in October 2016. The creek runs directly behind his house and appeared to be rising fast

The man said he was just leaving his home to stay with family in Elizabethtown. He said police came to his house Saturday and told him to evacuate.

A deep pool of water stood in the street near his house.

Police began going door-to-door on Sessoms Street, telling people it was time to get out. Mark Nash and Norman Davis stood on Nash’s porch, getting ready to leave.

Both men said their homes were flooded by Hurricane Matthew. It took about a year for repairs so they could get back in.

Now they worry that the same thing will happen all over again.

“If they let us rebuild it, I’m not building it,” Davis said. “I’d rather go elsewhere. That’s twice in two years.”

During Hurricane Matthew, Davis didn’t have flood insurance and had paid off his mortgage. Now he said, he’s got a $75,000 mortgage — and flood insurance.

Unlike during Hurricane Matthew, nearly everyone in the neighborhood has evacuated.

12:35 p.m.

PWC outage report

PWC reports that it has reduced the number of power outages to 9,907. More information here.

12:07 p.m.

Robeson County suggest some evacuate

Emily Jones, public information officer for Robeson County says: "If you live in Robeson County in a low lying area or if your home flooded with past storms we encouraging you to evacuate.  South Robeson High School is the fifth shelter."

The county has five shelters open with more than 1,300 people

They are St. Pauls, South Robeson Purnell Swett and Lumberton high schools, and Fairmont Middle school.

The river is at 24 feet; the county is under a boil-water advisory.

11:35 a.m.

Harnett County officials are considering asking residents who live near the Cape Fear River to evacuate.

Officials are expecting the river to rise about 14 more feet in Harnett County, according to Zach Shean, the county’s assistant emergency management coordinator. The river was at 11.6 feet this morning, with an expected crest of 25.6 feet.

Flood stage for the Cape Fear River in Harnett County is 14 feet, Shean said.

“We are stressing to folks to monitor the situation,” he said.

County officials could decide this afternoon to issue a mandatory or voluntary evacuation order for areas near the river, he said.

“That’s probably forthcoming,” he said.

If an evacuation is ordered, emergency workers would go the neighborhoods near the river to let people know, Shean said. A “reverse 911” call that goes to phones in certain areas also might be used to notify residents, he said.

Shean said two water rescues - one Saturday night and one Sunday morning - have been carried out in the Elliott Bridge area. No one was injured, he said.

Swift water rescue teams from Cary and Davie County are in the county, Shean said.

As of Saturday morning, 132 people were in Harnett County shelters. Shean said 32 people were in a shelter at Western Harnett High School that was opened for residents evacuating from near the Little River.

The evacuation, which was ordered Saturday for anyone within a mile of the river has been fairly successful, Shean said. Officials continue to monitor the level of the river, which empties into the Cape Fear River.

11:30

Fayetteville firefighters douse duplex blaze.

A Fayetteville firefighter was treated for minor injuries as he responded to a structure fire at 10:15 a.m. this morning.

No one else was injured in the incident.

According to a fire department report: Units arrived at the intersection of Johnson St. and Bremer St. to find a vacant single story duplex with heavy fire showing from the rear of the structure. Crews initiated fire control measures and extinguished the fire without incident. One firefighter was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. It's one of many fires the department has responded to during the storm.

11:05 a.m.

Robeson County announces transportation for flood evacuees


School bus will be picking people up at West 5th Street Burger King in Lumberton and Pembroke City Fire Station in Pembroke.

10:55 a.m.

Bladen County open shelters for Cape Fear River evacuees

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents living in the Kelly and Rowan communities. The Cape Fear River is expected to crest on Tuesday at levels higher than Hurricane Matthew. Residents are encouraged to move inland if possible, or most to their closest shelter.

The shelters are at:

East Bladen High School, 5600 N.C. 87 East, Elizabethtown; East Arcadia Elementary School and 21451 N.C. 87 East, Riegelwood. Residents are encouragd to turn around when roadways are flooded and officials say that even an inch of rain could sweep vehicles off of the road.

10:50 a.m.

Lee County closing shelter

Lee County’s Emergency Operations Center and its shelter at SanLee Middle School will close at noon today, officials said.

At the height of the storm, 256 people and eight animals were staying in the shelter, according to a statement posted on county’s website. At 9 a.m. today, only one person was in the shelter.

“All others, including animals, had returned home or found alternate accommodations,” the statement said.

Emergency workers will return to a normal schedule after the Emergency Operations Center closes, according to the statement. County offices and facilities will resume a regular operating schedule Monday, it said.

10:45 a.m.

Fayetteville State University announces schedule

The following weather-related information is being issued for Fayetteville State University:

The University will operate under Condition 2: Suspended Operations, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday through midnight on Tuesday. The university will be open on a very limited basis with only mandatory operations functioning. Non-mandatory employees must not report to work.

On Tuesday, beginning at 12:01 a.m. and ending on Wednesday at midnight, the university will operate under Condition 1: Reduced Operations. Condition 1 means the University is open, but some operations may be reduced. Non-mandatory employees may decide to leave early, arrive late, or not report, with timely notice to their supervisor. Mandatory employees must report to or remain at work unless otherwise notified.

Campus will reopen, and all classes will resume for students on Thursday. Students who live in areas still being affected by the hurricane will be given additional time to complete assignments. Commuter students are urged to use their best judgment when traveling to campus.

All residence halls will remain closed Monday and Tuesday and will not reopen until Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Students will not be allowed to move back into their rooms early. Fall Convocation originally scheduled for Thursday, September 20 has been postponed.

10:35 a.m. Fort Bragg update

Fort Bragg will continue to operate on a reduced-manning status Monday. Adverse weather personnel will report to work as directed by their supervisors or chain of commands. Service members should contact their commanders for guidance.

Troops who are affected by mandatory evacuations need to report to their chain of command, officials said.

Fort Bragg's acting senior commander has signed orders allowing troops and DA civilians who evacuated to be reimbursed.

10:28 a.m. Two Fayetteville fire stations evacuated

Two Fayetteville fire stations were being evacuated Sunday morning because they are within a mile of the Cape Fear River.

Equipment and personnel from Station 1 on Person Street are being split between Station 5 on Boone Trail Extension and Station 14 on Langdon Street, said Assistant Chief Kevin Morgan, spokesman for the Fayetteville Fire/Emergency Management Department.

Equipment and personnel from Station 16 at 1126 Cedar Creek Road are being moved to Vander Fire Department at 3509 Clinton Road, Morgan said.

The moves may cause a delay in response times, he said, but will not diminish services.

The move was taken, in part, to avoid having the stations put in the same situation that happened with Cotton Fire Department during Hurricane Matthew. That station was evacuated and closed temporarily because of flooding and nearby road washout.

“We hope that if people will notice if the Fire Department is leaving, they’ll leave, too,” Morgan said.

10:20 a.m. Bladen County issues a proclamation of a county state of emergency

An evacuation has been issued for the Kelly and Rowan communities southeast of Elizabethtown

Effective today, there will be a daily curfew for Bladen County from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice, a press release states.

10:15 a.m. Harnett closing schools

Harnett County Schools will be closed Monday due to the storm.

10:05 a.m.

Sampson County working to clear up numerous roads that have storm debris.

“Our main message for the day is the anticipated flooding due to additional rain,” Assistant County Manager Susan J. Holder said. “The Black River is rising and the areas of Garland, Harrells and Ivanhoe will be impacted. Our major operations today are supporting our internal and external resources (shelters, rescue teams, etc).”

The county offices will be closed on Monday to ensure the safety of employees and to allow employees to continue attending to their disaster response.

10 a.m. Hoke County: Residents near McLaughlin Lake should evacuate

Hoke County officials are telling residents who live near the McLaughlin Lake area to evacuate.

The Kako dam near the lake will likely overflow its banks, according to a statement posted on a county website. High water levels are expected to exceed those seen during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the statement says.

Officials had previously told residents who live near the Lumber River to seek shelter because the river likely will overflow its banks.

9:35 a.m.

Lee County closing its emergency shelter at noon today.

Lee County Government will close the Emergency Operations Center and the Emergency Shelter at SanLee Middle School today at noon. All public safety and emergency

services will return to a normal operating schedule at the close of the EOC.

At the height of the storm, the Emergency Shelter housed 256 people and eight animals. At 9 a.m. this morning, the shelter had one remaining client; all others, including animals, had returned home or found alternate accommodations.

On Monday, Lee County government offices and facilities will resume a regular operating schedule.

9:19 a.m. Hoke Road Closure

Emergency dispatchers announced that N.C. 211 from Dowell to Balfour roads is closed.

9:05 a.m.

PWC continues to restore power

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission continues to make progress restoring power for its customers.

A couple of days ago it had 50,000 customers without power.

As of 9 a.m. on Sunday, 11,189 were without power.

Crews continue to work this morning to restore services, a press release states. “Rain and wind overnight has caused new outages and some customers who had power restored yesterday, may have lost service,” the release states. “ As the day continues, it is likely that the saturated ground and flooding may continue to cause new outages and impact our crew’s ability to respond in some areas.”

 As of Saturday night, repairs have been completed to most main feeders. Today’s work will include: Emergency/essential services who have been on backup generators; areas where there has been substantial damage and will take longer than others to restore; and the numerous lateral/tap lines that serve individual neighborhood streets, the release states More than 150 lineworkers-PWC crews, contractors and mutual aide crews- are working across the PWC service area in these restoration efforts.

Customer are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and be aware that more could happen with today’s weather as a tornado watch has been issued for our area.

8:58 a.m.

Mandatory evacuations for parts of Lumberton

There are now mandatory evacuations for south and west Lumberton, according to Emily Jones, public information officer. The Southeast Area Transit System (SEATS) will be providing transportation to shelters.

Shelters: Fairmont Middle School, Lumberton High School, Purnell Swett High School and St. Pauls High School.

8:55 a.m.

In the latest numbers, Duke Power Co. says 12,577 of the total 31,953 customers in Cumberland County had power outages. There were 19,887 of the 24,013 total customers in Robeson County without power. There were 14,147 customers of the 17,502 total customers in Sampson County without power. And there were 2,161 customers of the 9117 total customers in Hoke County without power. The company's website states that an update on restoration efforts would be made available later today.

7:06 a.m.

As of 5:22 a.m., there are 990 people in Cumberland County shelters, with two over-capacity. "They are not turning away people," a city official said.

An eighth shelter will open at 9 a.m. today at Manna Church, the main campus located at 5117 Cliffdale Road. The capacity is 175, according to city spokesman Nathan Walls. This shelter will not allow pets, but two of the ones operated by Cumberland County do allow pets. See the list below.

Shelter, address - capacity/current number

Kiwanis Recreation Center, 352 Devers St. - 130/107

Mac Williams Middle School, 4644 Clinton Road - 105/152

Pine Forest High School (allows pets), 525 Andrews Road - 225/192

Seventy-First High School, 6764 Raeford Road - 295/149

Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave. - 100/120

South View High School (allows pets), 4184 Elk Road - 310/235

W. T. Brown Elementary School, 2522 Andrews Church Road - 90/35

TOTALS - 1,225/990

5:39 a.m.

South River Electric Membership Corporation says in a news release it has reduced the number of power outages from 30,000 to just under 22,000.

The release states: "The torrential rain dumped by Hurricane Florence over the past two days is becoming less intense but will continue through today."

South River EMC has real-time system map people can check to say on top of outages here.

WEATHER OUTLOOK

Peak winds in Fayetteville through Monday will be 31 mph with 48 mph gusts. Worse, the seven-day rain totals are 15 to 20 inches for Fayetteville, according to the 11 p.m. update from the National Weather Service. "Major to extreme flooding is likely across eastern and southeast NC" tonight through early next week.

FLOODING THREAT

The Cape Fear River is forecast to hit flood stage of 35 feet at 8 a.m. Sunday, and two hours earlier in Lillington, the weather service reported. In Fayetteville, it will peak Monday and Tuesday at 62.4 feet, and remain at "major" flood stage (which is above 58 feet) until Wednesday, the forecast shows.

The Little River near Spring Lake will start flooding at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Mandatory evacuations of Fayetteville neighborhoods are likely on Saturday or Sunday as the Florence threat intensifies. That's when the heaviest rains are coming, with more gusty winds (a gust of 67 mph was recorded Friday in Fayetteville). Here are the 45 Fayetteville neighborhoods where flooding is more likely this weekend.

It could be even worse in Robeson County, where more than 5,000 sandbags were filled by volunteers and the National Guard.

Forecasters have dire warnings of Cape Fear River flooding not seen since '45. We have lots of photos of that disaster, when the river crept within blocks of the Market House.

But there's no need to worry about Hope Mills... at least according to town leaders.

SHELTERS

Hundreds of people are spending the night in schools across the Sandhills. As of 10 p.m., 677 people were in Cumberland County shelters. 

Here's a list of where they are.

The county’s Hurricane Information Line is down. The county’s 911 call center is not affected and is operating as usual.

OUTAGES

They're everywhere. Sections of Fayetteville are in the dark tonight, including two shelters. Don't expect to see power restored for days. Here's how to survive a prolonged outage.

ROAD CLOSURES

Harnett: N.C. 27 near Angier, Fairground Road near Dunn (11 p.m.)

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

A large house fire killed two people in Briarwood Hills on Friday night, but firefighters who battled winds and rain to put out the flames don't know whether the storm is to blame.

Michael Jordan is helping raise money for Florence victims.

In another incident, units from the Fayetteville Fire Department at 2:33 a.m. responded to a reported structure fire at a two-story duplex 2104 Rock Ave. The fire was extinguished without incident and there were no injuries but an estimated $20,000 damage to the structure. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

CURFEW HOURS

Lee County's curfew will remain in effect through Saturday at 6 a.m., then 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday. Exemptions include emergency workers, people providing disaster aid and people going to or from work. Sanford's curfew expires at dawn Saturday.

OH, AND ...

Here are 17 reasons why we're asking people to pray for Fayetteville.