LUMBERTON — Emergency shelters will be located at three Robeson County schools for residents displaced by Hurricane Matthew, Robeson County Emergency Services Director Stephanie Chavis said.
The shelters will open at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at South Robeson High School, located at 3268 South Robeson Road in Rowland; Gilbert Carroll Middle School, at 300 Bailey Road in Lumberton; and St. Pauls High School, located at 648 N. Old Stage Road in St. Pauls.
Students and staff in the Public Schools of Robeson County are being dismissed at 1 p.m. on Friday due to the threat of severe weather.
Additionally, the Lumbee Tribe has designated the Pembroke Boys & Girls Club as an emergency shelter for tribal members, opening Saturday at noon.
The Robeson County Emergency Operations Center will be activated Friday at noon and will have two dedicated lines for storm-related issues: 910-272-5875 and 910-671-3842.
Robeson residents can sign up to emergency alerts from the county by visiting co.robeson.nc.us/code-red-information.
Hurricane Matthew is expected to drop as much as 7 inches of rain on Robeson County beginning Friday, with the most rain falling on Saturday. The storm is also bringing strong winds, with peak sustained winds of 29 mph anticipated locally and gusts up to 41 mph.
Gov. Pat McCrory this afternoon extended a state of emergency to all 100 North Carolina counties in order to “use further resources throughout the state and “better support evacuees.”