Hurricane Florence Update: 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14

Post Date:09/14/2018 1:30 PM

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The Town of Chapel Hill is responding to reports of downed trees and power lines from winds off the outer bands of Hurricane Florence.

Chapel Hill has seen 0.12 inches of rain so far, with two-to-six inches forecasted through Saturday. For the latest forecast, visit

  • All Town facilities will be closed at 3 p.m. Friday, with the exception of Chapel Hill Public Library, which will be open until 6 p.m.
  • Parks and Recreations administrative offices will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14
    • The Homestead Aquatics Center is closed Friday
    • The Northside gymnasium--previously closed due to scheduled maintenance--is open as of 12 noon and will close at 3 p.m.
    • The Community Center is closed for previously-scheduled maintenance
  • Chapel Hill Transit operations remain suspended until further notice


Downed Trees and Lane Closures

There have been seven reports of downed trees or trees leaning on power lines in Chapel Hill since 7 a.m. Friday. Two downed trees resulted in lane closures, which have since reopened.


Power Outages

Duke Energy reported 389 customers in Chapel Hill without power as of 12 noon Friday. Updates can be found at Outages should be reported to Duke Energy at or 1-800-PowerOn (English); 1-866-4-APAGON (Spanish).



Orange County is reporting 150 people who have taken shelter: 105 people at Smith Middle School, and 45 people at Stanford Middle School.



Can you help me locate a loved one who I have been unable to reach in Chapel Hill?

We can try. During the storm and aftermath, call the Town’s Call Center at 919-969-5005 to request assistance. The Call Center can forward your request to the appropriate Town staff for follow up.


What is the difference between a flash flood watch and a warning?

  • flash flood watch is issued first. It means that current weather conditions are favorable for flooding. While a watch does not a guarantee that a flash flood will occur, it is a very good indication that your community will experience severe weather.
  • flash flood warning means a flash flood is either imminent or occurring. In fact, a flash flood can occur so quickly that there isn't time to send out a flood warning alert.


Where can I get news about storm impacts on UNC-Chapel Hill and other Orange County locations?


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