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Ernesto Made Landfall in Brunswick County

Flooding in Runny Meade subdivision in Wrightsboro.  Photo submitted by Stephen and Morgan Bennett Flooding in Runny Meade subdivision in Wrightsboro. Photo submitted by Stephen and Morgan Bennett
Flooding on Springview Drive.  Photo submitted by Alicia. Flooding on Springview Drive. Photo submitted by Alicia.
Flooding on Amsterdam Way in Dutch Square Industrial Park.  Photo submitted by Tim Curtis. Flooding on Amsterdam Way in Dutch Square Industrial Park. Photo submitted by Tim Curtis.
Flooding in Suncoast neighborhood off Harris Road.  Photo submitted by Barb. Flooding in Suncoast neighborhood off Harris Road. Photo submitted by Barb.
Trees blown over by Ernesto.  Photo submitted by Ruth and Terry Church. Trees blown over by Ernesto. Photo submitted by Ruth and Terry Church.

State of Emergency has been declared in Brunswick County.  Voluntary evacuation is in effect.
Shelters are open in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus and Bladen counties.

Many schools are closed or on two-hour delay in our viewing area.  Check our Closings, Cancellations and Delays page for more details.
Flights will begin departing from Wilmington International Airport at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

NORTH CAROLINA -- Tropical Storm Ernesto made landfall in Brunswick County late Thursday night.

A state of emergency and voluntary evacuation is still in effect in Brunswick County.  Local hurricane shelters are now open in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus and Bladen counties.

Many schools were closed early on Thursday.  In addition, many schools will be closed or on a two-hour delay on Friday.  Check our Closings, Cancellations and Delays page for more details.

All flights at Wilmington International Airport were cancelled for Thursday evening.  The early morning flights at ILM are also cancelled.  The first departure will be at 9:30 a.m.

Governor Mike Easley called up 150 National Guard troops and the State Emergency Response Team ahead of the storm. Easley wants everyone to stay alert and be prepared.

New Hanover County

The New Hanover County Emergency Operation Center is activated.  Emergency workers had a meeting tonight.  Many roads in the area are flooded.  Wilmington Police is advising residents to refrain from driving.  If you have to drive, stay away from standing water.

Johnson Elementary School is now open as a shelter.

Snow's Cut Bridge connecting Pleasure Island to the rest of New Hanover County is closed until further notice.

Wilmington city officials have opened several phone numbers for emergencies.  To report flooding or other stormwater issues within the city, call 341-4646.  To report trees or tree limbs blocking roadways within the city, call 341-7852.

Wilmington city trash and recycling pickup is expected to maintain a regular schedule on Friday.

Brunswick County

A state of emergency has been declared in Brunswick County.  Voluntary evacuation began at 3 p.m.  Two hurricane shelters are now open for those in need.

Brunswick County's Emergency Operation Center has been operational in Bolivia.  The center will be the command post for any emergency response related to Ernesto.  Officials believe the main problem will be flooding.

Residents with non-emergency issues or concerns can call (910) 253-7453.

Evacuation Route

Although officials do not expect any major evacuations during this storm, county officials say the opening of the new Interstate 140 will reduce the time it takes for Brunswick County residents to get out of town.

I-140 links US-421 North to Interstate 40.

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