From the North Carolina Department of Transportation:
To address the numerous inquiries involving road closures and to prevent an overload of inquiries into 911 communication centers, it is requested that people seeking the status of roads closures dial 511 or go to www.ncdot.gov/travel.
The DOT is part of the 511 nationwide network systems that was established in July 2000 to disseminate travel information to the public via another venue, the telephone.
511 uses an automated voice response system, which means callers are guided through a menu with a series of requests. Callers can ask for specific areas, and the system will provide information about traffic incidents, closures and other important roadway conditions.
The types of information available include:
Traffic incidents and major closures on Interstates, U.S. routes, and state routes.
Weather conditions statewide.
Road congestion and planned construction on interstates, U.S. routes and state routes.
Links to neighboring states' 511 systems.
For real-time travel information any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
For general information about hurricane preparation and updates, follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter (@NCEmergency).
Gov. Bev Perdue has activated the state's toll-free emergency information bilingual hotline to provide callers with details about Hurricane Irene. English and Spanish-speaking people should call 1-888-835-9966. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people may call 711 (Relay N.C.)