MANTEO -- Several shelters have been opened in North Carolina for those who need to get out of harm's way. This comes after the track of Hurricane Arthur shifted to the west and became apparent that the area will be hit harder by the storm than previously expected. As of 8 p.m., more than 6,400 customers are reported to be without power.
Three shelters in Beaufort County, two shelters in Carteret County, four shelters in Craven County, three shelters in Onslow County, and one each in Pamlico and Pender counties are open for residents and visitors who need to evacuate.
Two shelters have also been opened in Dare County. The shelters are at First Flight Middle School in Kill Devil Hills and the Dare County Center in Manteo.
Residents and visitors using the shelters are urged to bring medication, water, and snacks. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted in the shelter.
Eleven counties in North Carolina have declared a State of Emergency: Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Tyrrell.
Curfews have been established in Kill Devil Hills, Manteo and Nags Head.
Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head: 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. on July 4
Manteo: 10 a.m. and 6 a.m. on July 4
Directions to the shelters in Dare County
First Flight Middle School (109 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills)
From Highway 158 (North Croatan Highway) turn west at the traffic light at Ocean Bay Blvd. Continue on Ocean Bay Blvd to the 1st stop light, which is Veterans Drive. Turn left on Veterans Drive and continue to a roundabout traffic circle. Continue thru the circle on Veterans Drive and First Flight Middle School will be on the right.
Dare County Center (950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo)
Dare County Center is located at 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954 on Roanoke Island near the Town of Manteo, at the intersection of Highway 345 and Highway 64 (across from CVS).