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City of Durham Florence Preparation, Information and Response

County to Close Non Essential Offices Due to Pending Weather Conditions

County Convenience Sites to Close Due to Weather Conditions

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: September 15, 2018

Durham Emergency Operations Update for Saturday, September 15

DURHAM, N.C. – With Hurricane Florence beginning to exit Durham, below is an update on issues within Durham County as well as on operational decisions made by the Durham City-County Emergency Operations Center as of noon on Saturday, September 15:


1.      Shelter at Bahama Ruritan Club in northern Durham County has been closed. No residents were at the shelter at the time of closure.


2.      Shelter at Hillside High School will close on Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. Shelter staff at Hillside are now assisting the 29 residents currently there with alternative arrangements if they are unable to return to their homes at 2 p.m. tomorrow.


3.      Portions of three roads remain closed in Durham County as of noon today due to fallen power and/or cable lines and downed trees – 2800 block of Rochelle Street, 1100 block of West Murray Avenue, and Academy Road at Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard. The Urban Forestry team will work to remove the trees and clear the roadways as soon as Duke Energy and Frontier Communications address the fallen power and/or cable lines in these three areas.


4.      Duke Energy is reporting there are currently 30 power outages in Durham County. Power outages should continue to be reported directly to Duke Energy at or 1-800-419-6356.


5.      The Durham Emergency Operations Center Help Line (919-560-HELP) will remain open and staffed to assist with non-emergency inquiries for Durham County residents until Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m.


6.      Residents needing assistance in surrounding counties should call their county’s emergency operations center directly for assistance as follows or by visiting

Johnston County JIC: 919-984-5400

Wake County JIC: 919-996-3070

Wayne County Help Line: 919-705-6599

Alamance County Help Line/Shelter Information: 336-290-0362

Orange County Help Line: 919-245-6111


7.      The Alert Durham website at as well as the Alert Durham social media pages at and will continue posting information and updates until Sunday’s 2 p.m. closure.


8.      All life-threatening and in-progress emergencies should continue to be directed to 9-1-1.