Johnston County officials report that 217 citizens sought shelter at Smithfield-Selma High School. Currently the shelter is at 54 percent capacity. The county has an estimated 19,000 Progress Energy power outages.
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The city of Raleigh activated its Emergency Operations Center at 6 a.m. to respond to Hurricane Irene.
The city also has established a non-emergency call center. The telephone number is 996-2999, and officials say 911 should be called only in instances that require law enforcement, fire or emergency medical assistance.
Civil Air Patrol's North Carolina Wing has completed its first day of disaster relief missions as Hurricane Irene moves slowly up the coast. Emergency supplies have been prepared for dispatch to storm-affected areas after the storm moves out.
At this time, approximately 100 of Raleigh-Durham International Airport's 400 daily flights have been canceled for today.
RALEIGH — As Hurricane Irene nears the North Carolina coast, residents and visitors can rely on NCDOT Mobile to get real-time emergency information right on their smartphones. The N.C. Department of Transportation today updated its web-based application to make it easy to access hurricane evacuation route maps and real-time travel conditions.
No word on rescheduling.
The state is coordinating with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army,
N.C. Baptist Men and N.C. Social Services to shelter and feed evacuees. Mass Care Support trailers and mobile animal trailers are on standby in Halifax and Northampton counties to support those shelters.
Staff writer Anne Blythe reports that state prisons have evacuated 1,300 inmates from Hyde Correctional Institution in Swan Quarter and Tyrrell Prison Work Farm in Columbia.
In addition, some 140 inmates from county jails in Beaufort and Dare counties were moved with the state prison inmates.
Buses and drivers are on hand, according to prison administrators, for further evacuations if necessary.
In a posting on Twitter, the power company says the path of the storm and its size will likely hamper efforts to bring power back to people who lose it.
The full post:
"Irene's size and path means it will likely be late Sat or Sun before restoration work can even begin. Be prepared Eastern NC."