Updated: 3:30 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY SENIOR CENTERS TO OPEN AT NOON ON TUESDAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 25, 2016)–The Orange County Department on Aging will open the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill and the Central Orange Senior Center in Hillsborough at noon on Tuesday, January 26, due to the icy condition of the parking lots. Additionally, both centers will not serve lunch on Tuesday.

Employees will report to work at the regular time, unless the County Manager authorizes a delayed opening. 

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Updated: 5:30 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY TO OPEN AT 10:00 A.M. ON MONDAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 24, 2016)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the County offices will open on a two hour delay at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 25.

The winter storm resulted in several inches of snow in Orange County. As a result, the County will open late in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees.

Urban and Rural curbside recycling will not be collected on Monday, January 25. Monday's curbside collection will be made up this Saturday, January 30.

Waste and Recycling Centers at Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road will have a delayed opening of 11:00 a.m.

The Construction and Demolition Landfill and the Solid Waste Administrative office will open at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.

The Sportsplex will have delayed opening at 7:30 a.m. on Monday.  There will be a KidsPlex Inclement Weather Day Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the situation.

The latest weather updates can be obtained from the Emergency Services Twitter page at www.Twitter.com/ocncemergency

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Updated: 3:30 p.m.

  ORANGE COUNTY OPERATIONS ON SUNDAY

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 23, 2016)–Due to the inclement weather and dangerous road conditions, Orange County is suspending some of its Sunday operations.

In the interest of public safety and the safety of employees, the Orange County Public Libraries will not be open on Sunday, January 24.

Additionally, all Orange County parks will be closed. To determine the status of recreation programs, please call the Parks & Recreation weather line at 919.245.2669.

The Solid Waste and Recycling Centers will remain closed on Sunday, January 24. 

The Waste and Recycling Centers on Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road should open on Monday morning on the regular schedule.  

The Orange County Sportsplex will open on Sunday, during regular operating hours, beginning at noon.  

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center has demobilized, however emergency personnel will continue to monitor the weather and respond to emergency calls. Orange County Emergency Services will also continue to monitor the roads and post updates on road conditions on Twitter and Facebook: @ocncemergency and www.facebook.com/OCNCEmergency

Orange County Government offices will reopen and resume regular office hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25.

Meantime, residents are being asked to stay home and avoid travel if at all possible until road conditions improve.  

The Orange County Information Line is closed. In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. 

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Updated: 9:45 a.m.

 ORANGE COUNTY OFFERS POST STORM SAFETY TIPS

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 23, 2016)–Orange County Emergency Services reminds residents to play it safe when they venture outside to assess the storm damage or start cleanup efforts.

Emergency Services offers the following safety tips to avoid accidents and injuries:

  • After the weather clears up, do not drive or walk along the roads until they are clear. Road conditions continue to be hazardous in most areas, therefore drivers and pedestrians are urged to stay off the roads. This ensures safety and allows the DOT crews to continue working to clear the roads as quickly as possible. 
  • Dial 5-1-1 to obtain the latest updates on road conditions
  • Check on neighbors, such as the elderly or disabled, who may re-quire assistance 
  • Do not get overexerted from shoveling snow or staying in the cold for too long. Overexertion is a major cause of heart attacks. 
  • The accumulation of snow and ice on the ground, sidewalks and driveways pose a hazard for tripping or falling. Pay attention to wear you step and take your time as you walk around your property to assess damage. 

When using a chainsaw to clear branches and trees, keep the following safety tips in mind: 

  • Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw's chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting. 
  • Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain 
  • Keep your hands on the saw's handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the saw 
  • Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection 
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw 
  • Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut 
  • Gasoline-powered chain saws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chain saw kickback 
  • Be cautious of saw kick-back. To avoid kick-back, do not saw with the tip. If equipped, keep the tip guard in place.

If residents have questions or need to report fallen trees, the Public Information Line is available at 919.245.6111.

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Updated: 6:30 a.m.

 ORANGE COUNTY WEEKEND CLOSINGS UPDATE II

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 23, 2016)–The forecast from the National Weather Service in Raleigh is calling for continued sleet, freezing rain and snow through Saturday.  Due to dangerous road conditions, drivers are asked to stay off the roads.

In the interest of public safety, all Orange County parks are closed today and all recreation activities for Saturday, January 23, are canceled.

Additionally, the Orange County Waste and Recycling Centers and the C&D Landfill (including all associated services, such as Household Hazardous Waste Collections and Mulch sales) will be closed on Saturday, January 23.  Friday’s canceled curbside recycling collections will not be made up.

The Orange County Sportsplex will be closed Saturday, January 23, 2016. 

Residents are being asked to stay home and avoid travel if at all possible until road conditions improve.  

The Orange County Phone Bank Information line is available at 919.245.6111 for non-emergency calls.

In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. 

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Updated: 8:00 p.m.

ORANGE COUNTY WEEKEND CLOSINGS UPDATE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 22, 2016)–The National Weather Service in Raleigh is forecasting continued sleet, freezing rain and snow through Saturday.  Dangerous conditions remain. The overall threat has not lessened, so drivers are asked to stay off the roads.

Due to persistent icy conditions and a weather forecast with more wintry precipitation, the Orange County Waste and Recycling Centers and the C&D Landfill (including all associated services such as Household Hazardous Waste Collections and Mulch sales) will be closed on Saturday, January 23.  Friday’s missed curbside recycling collections will not be made up.

The Orange County Sportsplex will be closed Saturday, January 23, 2016. 

The best safety advice is to stay home and avoid travel if at all possible until conditions improve.  

The Orange County Phone Bank Information line is available at 919.245.6111.

In an emergency, call 9-1-1. 

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Updated: 1:30 p.m.

 

 ORANGE COUNTY WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 22, 2016)–The National Weather Service in Raleigh is forecasting more sleet and freezing rain, and less overall snow through Saturday. Extremely dangerous impacts remain, due to potential icing conditions. The overall threat has not lessened, so drivers are asked to stay off the roads.

The areas hardest hit with deepest snow and ice should prepare for widespread downed trees and power lines, prolonged power outages, and impassable roads for a lengthy time. Drivers are cautioned to look for black ice tonight, when places that warm above freezing drop back below freezing.

On Friday, temperatures will remain below freezing. Due to warmer air aloft, the precipitation type will change to rain in the afternoon, which will result in freezing rain. Snow and sleet accumulations could be 2 to 4 inches, and ice accumulation could be 0.1 and 0.3 inches.

Friday night will be a mixed bag of precipitation with snow, sleet, and freezing rain. From 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. accumulation of ice and freezing rain could be up a ¼ to ½ inch. The forecast is similar to this on Saturday as well with precipitation tapering off in the evening and into the overnight hours.

Aside from the precipitation types, wind will also be an issue. On Friday winds will be 9 to 13 mph, and on Saturday winds are expected to be 15 to 17 mph, gusting to 30. This will send wind chill values into the teens.

Winds gusts up to 30 mph will increase the likelihood of falling trees and branches. Remember, falling trees can be deadly when they land on homes and cars. If you hear the sound of trees falling around your property, immediately seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or building where you are located.

For specific hour-by-hour forecast details and trends, please visit http://forecast.weather.gov/gridpoint.php?site=rah&TypeDefault=graphical

This link will include hour-by-hour forecasts for temperature, wind, wind gusts, wind chill, precipitation chance, etc.

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Updated: 9:30 a.m.

 ORANGE COUNTY WINTER WEATHER OPERATIONS UPDATE

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 22, 2016)–With the threat of inclement weather lingering throughout the day, the Sportsplex will be closed today.

As a reminder, curbside recycling will NOT be collected today. 

The Solid Waste Administration office, the Waste and Recycling Centers, and the Construction and Demolition Landfill (and all associated services, such as the Hazardous Waste Collection and Mulch sales) are CLOSED today.

County operations on Saturday, January 23, are also suspended for the following departments:

  • Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill
  • Orange County Public Library - Main, Carrboro McDougal and Cybrary
  • Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center
  • Call the Parks & Recreation weather line to determine the status of programs: 919.245.2669
  • Animal Services will be closed on Saturday. The Rabies Clinic scheduled for Saturday, January 23, has been postponed to Saturday, January 30.  An Animal Control Officer will be on-call and the after-hours box will be checked.

Safety tips, preparedness information and registration for the OC Alerts emergency notification system can be found at www.readyorange.org

                                         

For more information or to schedule a media interview, please contact Carla Banks, Orange County Public Affairs at 919.475.6650.

 

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Updated: 7:15 a.m.

ORANGE COUNTY RESPONDS TO WINTER WEATHER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 22, 2016)–Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the progression of the winter weather and continues to coordinate the response efforts with appropriate stakeholders.

Currently, Orange County is recording a half inch of snow and sleet in Hillsborough. Residents are asked to stay home, until the roads are safe for travel. County offices are closed today.

Several measures are underway to respond to the inclement weather. The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Hillsborough is partially activated, operating on 12 hour shifts. The Orange County Public Information Line is open.  The number is 919.245.6111. Volunteers are available to answer questions about power outages and shelter locations. Shelters are not open at this time, but shelter personnel are on stand-by and have completed a walk-through of the primary shelter locations.

The NC department of Transportation has treated the primary roads. Orange County Asset Management Services has treated facility sidewalks and entrances. Emergency crews are prepared to support clearance of debris from the roads.

Orange County Emergency Services will continue to monitor the roads throughout the day and post road condition updates on Twitter and Facebook: @ocncemergency and www.facebook.com/OCNCEmergency

While residents are asked to stay off the roads, drivers who encounter hazardous road conditions can report the locations on Orange County's social media sites by going to: www.Twitter.com/OCNCGOV and www.Facebook.com/OCNCGOV. Please do not post messages while you are driving.

Safety tips, preparedness information and registration for the OC Alerts emergency notification system can be found at www.readyorange.org

For more information or to schedule a media interview, please contact Carla Banks, Orange County Public Affairs at 919.475.6650.

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Updated: 4:30 a.m.

 ORANGE COUNTY OFFICES TO CLOSE FRIDAY DUE TO WINTER WEATHER

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 22, 2016)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the County offices will be closed on Friday, January 22.

The Governor of North Carolina has declared a State of Emergency.

Due to the winter storm causing freezing rain and an accumulation of more than two inches of snow, Orange County will be closed in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees. The Sportsplex will open today at 11:00 a.m. Curbside recycling will NOT be collected today.  

County offices are expected to be open on Monday, January 25, and employees will resume regular operating hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Phone Bank Information line is available and the number is 919.245.6111. Volunteers are available to answer questions about power outages and shelter locations. Shelters are not open at this time, but shelter personnel are on stand-by.

County operations on Saturday, January 23, are also suspended for the following departments:

  • Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill
  • Orange County Public Library - Main, Carrboro McDougal and Cybrary
  • Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center
  • Call the Parks & Recreation weather line to determine the status of programs: 919.245.2669
  • Animal Services will be closed on Saturday. The Rabies Clinic scheduled for Saturday, January 23, has been postponed to Saturday, January 30.  An Animal Control Officer will be on-call and the after-hours box will be checked. 
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