Here is the text of the Code Red alert issued Thursday morning. If you signed up for the service, you should have received a phone call with this message.
“Residents in low lying areas are encouraged to evacuate ahead of hurricane Florence. This morning, Fire-Rescue & new bern police are going door-to-door and making aerial announcements encouraging residents to get out ahead of rising water from this storm. These neighborhoods include, but are not limited to, duffyfield, Woodrow, north hills, north 2nd avenue, attmore drive, trappers trail, hazel avenue, and trent court. For those who did not mandatorily evacuate, shelters are open at ben Quinn elementary school and Brinson elementary school. Ben Quinn is pet friendly but only for dogs and cats. Havelock high school is also a county shelter as well as farm life elementary school. An inland shelter is also open at the Sanford army national guard facility on nash street in Sanford.
We are expecting approximately 9-13 feet storm surge from this hurricane. This could be life-threatening, especially in low lying areas. Please evacuate to higher ground or to one of the available shelters as soon as possible.
A curfew remains in effect for the city of New Bern. Residents and motorists should remain sequestered in their hurricane survival location from 9pm to 7am everyday until further notice.”