Yadkin emergency officials ‘prepare for the worst’ as they continue to monitor Hurricane Florence

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com
Emergency officials on duty at the Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center as they continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence. -
Keith Vestal, director, and Chris Bolden, operations manager, of Yadkin County Emergency Services lead a briefing at the Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center as they prepare for the region to be hit with heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Florence which made landfall early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast. -

Yadkin County’s Emergency Operations Center opened at 7 a.m. on Thursday and continues to be fully staffed though the full effects of Hurricane Florence are not yet being felt in the area.

“We’re preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best,” said Yadkin County Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal on Friday morning. Some cloud cover and breezy conditions were the only indications on Friday morning that the storm has arrived in North Carolina.

Local weather reports indicate that the eye of the storm made landfall in Wrightsville around 7:45 a.m. on Friday. Storm surge, flooding and high winds are wreaking havoc along the coast.

Vestal said the current track of the storm still puts Yadkin County on the worst side of the storm with high winds and heavy rain expected. Earlier in the week reports indicated that Yadkin County could see historic flooding from the storm. The rain fall totals, as the track is currently being reported, are somewhat lower but the slow moving nature of the storm could be problematic as it continues to dump rain throughout the state.

Flooding and windy conditions are likely to begin affecting the area this evening and into Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re still going to see wind gusts 20 to 30 miles an hour, the ground gets saturated with rain and with the heavy winds the trees come down and power lines and that’s what’s going to cause problems,” Vestal said.

Area residents are still being cautioned to monitor their situation if they life in flood-prone areas. Shelters may be opened if the need arises.

The EOC will remain open throughout the event. An information line for those being affected locally by the storm has been established at 336-849-7713.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Emergency officials on duty at the Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center as they continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_20180914_133809617_iOS.jpgEmergency officials on duty at the Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center as they continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence.

Keith Vestal, director, and Chris Bolden, operations manager, of Yadkin County Emergency Services lead a briefing at the Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center as they prepare for the region to be hit with heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Florence which made landfall early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_20180914_134051782_iOS.jpgKeith Vestal, director, and Chris Bolden, operations manager, of Yadkin County Emergency Services lead a briefing at the Yadkin County Emergency Operations Center as they prepare for the region to be hit with heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Florence which made landfall early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com