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Hurricane Florence 2018

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Traveling Around North Carolina


  • Interstate 95 reopened Sunday late evening from VA to SC, and Governor Cooper announced Interstate 40 is now open (Monday). One lane of I-40 still remains closed leaving Wilmington, near mile marker 413, due to standing water.
  • NCDOT inspectors and contractor crews have been working hard to bring roads back to serviceability. 
  • NCDOT advises motorists to avoid unnecessary travel in the following counties due to flooding and/or washout of multiple North Carolina and secondary routes:
    • Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Pender, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland
    • Bladen and Wayne due to the flooding and/or washout of multiple major travel routes
  • NCDOT reopened U.S. 70 in Kinston to one lane in both directions
  • NCDOT reopened U.S. 74 to Wilmington
  • Road conditions, especially in southeastern North Carolina, are constantly changing. Use for road and travel information. This website is updated regularly.
  • NEVER drive on flooded roads or go around barricades. Only a few inches of moving water can sweep cars away. 
  • Beware of downed power lines. Do not walk or drive over them.
  • Unnecessary traffic impedes emergency responders and the delivery of critical supplies.
  • Do not rely on your GPS. Many navigation aids may not have updated information, especially as floodwaters rise and fall.
  • NCDOT must wait for the water to recede, then check for additional damage and make any repairs before reopening roads.
4,399Statewide Power Outages 9/24/2018 at 10:30 a.m.
2,286People in 28 Shelters
5,214People and 1,067 Animals Rescued & Evacuated

Flooding Conditions

Major flooding continues across eastern NC and will continue through the week.


for information about local river conditions and current flood status in your area


  • Along the Cape Fear River at Lock #1 near Kelly
  • Lumber River at Lumberton
  • Lumber River at NC 904 in Fair Bluff
  • Northeast Cape Fear River at Castle Hayne
  • Northeast Cape Fear River near Burgaw
  • Neuse River at Kinston and near Fort Barnwell

Moderate flooding along:

  • the Black River at NC 210
  • Northeast Cape Fear River at NC Hwy 41 near Chinquapin
  • Neuse River near Goldsboro

Assistance to Individuals

For Immediate Needs

Call 211 or (888) 892-1162

or text FLORENCE to 898211


Call 911

for life-threatening emergencies only


  • Dial 2-1-1 or text Florence to 898211 to reach a trained specialist 24/7 who has access to real-time information on recovery resources, meal sites, water and other recovery and rebuilding resources.
  • For crisis counseling, call the Disaster Help Hotline at 1-800-985-5990.
  • The North Carolina price gouging law that protects consumers from scammers is in effect. Report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a complaint at

Local Impacts

  • If you evacuated, do not return to your home unless local officials have declared the area safe to return. Visit your local government’s website or social media site for up-to-date information about returning to the area.
  • Curfews remain in effect in some impacted jurisdictions. Visit your local government’s website or social media sites for up-to-date information about curfews.
  • If you need assistance cleaning up your home/property, please contact (800) 451-1954 or (882) 222-3211. There are operators standing by to take your information and dispatch assistance to you. Homeowners may also access assistance at



Debris Removal
Visit your city or county website or social media for instructions on sorting debris at curbside and for debris pickup or drop-off information.