The Town of Beaufort has issued a mandatory evacuation beginning at 3 pm Tuesday, Sept. 3. No re-entry papers are required.
“We urge all citizens to adhere and evacuate to safety as soon as possible. All citizens should be at a safe location by early Wednesday evening, Sept. 4,” the town stated in a news release at 10:30 this morning.
Citizens should review evacuation procedures laid out by the town here.
County Chair Mark Mansfield said Monday afternoon that the county will declare a state of emergency Tuesday morning ahead of Hurricane Dorian and will call for a mandatory evacuation of parts of the county to begin at noon Wednesday.
Those who live Down East, areas north of East Carteret High School and in manufactured homes are included in the mandatory evacuation.
A pet-friendly shelter will be opened at Newport Middle School at 5 pm Wednesday.
The county will issue a voluntary evacuation tomorrow morning for all municipalities except Beaufort.
Town of Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton signed a proclamation this afternoon declaring a state of emergency and ordered a voluntary evacuation to begin immediately. The town said in a statement that mandatory evacuation may be issued Tuesday at 3 pm. A decision will be made by 10 am Tuesday.
The county has not said whether it will issue a mandatory evacuation at a future date.
County public schools will be opera tomorrow as usual, with information on potential closures expected around noon.
This story is developing.