Chapel Hill Prepares for Hurricane Michael

Post Date:10/08/2018 8:07 PM
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The National Weather Service in Raleigh is forecasting Hurricane Michael to impact Chapel Hill and central North Carolina as a tropical storm as early as Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

“Don’t underestimate the power of a tropical system in our area,” said Town of Chapel Hill Emergency Management Coordinator Vencelin Harris. “Now is the time to prepare your home and your family for another impending tropical storm. Remember, FEMA says to pack an emergency preparedness kit that could support you for up to 72 hours.”

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Sustained winds of tropical storm force (up to 73 miles per hour) could be present with this storm, and high volumes of rain are likely. Flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Pre-storm Activities | Areas that Flood | Neighborhood Liaisons | Emergency Shelters | Town and Community Services and Events


Pre-storm Activities

  • Town crews are working on pre-storm readiness activities including checking and cleaning-as-needed stormwater drains, prepping generators and chainsaws, and planning a coordinated emergency response.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area (see below), be vigilant. Pay attention to weather updates and your local media – including the Town of Chapel Hill at and via email notices (sign up at
  • Clear and secure your yard debris that could cause damage in high winds (examples: grills, patio furniture, play sets, lawn maintenance equipment)
  • See a blocked storm drain? Limb hanging on a power line? Tree that looks susceptible to wind and rain? Report it on the Town’s SeeClickFix Chapel Hill Connect App:
  • Prepare a disaster preparedness kit. Your kit should be able to support you for up to 72 hours. For more information, visit
  • To report emergency issues, call 911. These issues may be rising waters, fallen trees or other public safety needs.
  • Make sure you have cash. ATMs and banks may not be operational if there is a loss of power.
  • Fuel up your vehicles. Some gas stations are reporting low supplies. Visit for updated supply levels.


Areas of Chapel Hill that are subject to flooding during periods of extended and/or extensive heavy rain:

  • South Estes Drive near Willow Drive
  • Camelot Village Apartments off of South Estes Drive
  • Brookwood Condominiums off of South Estes Drive
  • South Estes public housing neighborhood on Estes Drive Extension near University Place
  • Umstead Drive between Umstead Park and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • Cleland Road between Kendall Drive and Hayes Road
  • West Franklin Street at Mallette Street
  • East Franklin Street at Park Place

Orange County has released a map that depicts areas that flood within the county. Visit for more information.

Neighborhood Liaisons 
Won’t you be a Good Neighbor Liaison? The Town of Chapel Hill thanks all residents who have signed up to share information from the Town with residents in their neighborhoods and homeowners associations. Good Neighbor Liaisons can register at


Emergency Shelters
Orange County Emergency Management is responsible for setting up and managing shelters. Should we need to establish shelters, the County will open them at pre-identified locations. Notifications will be sent through Town and County channels as well as local media outlets. For more information, visit

If you're not signed up for OC Alerts--a fully-customizable emergency alert service--you can do so or check your preferences at

We also encourage you to tell family and friends now about the American Red Cross Safe and Well List website, so they will know how to get your "safe and well" message in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, you can register on the website.


Town and Community Services and Events


Stay Connected
The Town of Chapel Hill provides information about services during emergencies on its website, Follow the Town’s social media accounts for updates: Twitter - @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillFD, and; and Instagram – ChapelHillGov.


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