Orange County Prepares for Rain and Regional Support as Matthew Approaches 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 6, 2016) — As Hurricane Matthew heads up the east coast, Orange County reminds residents to be prepared for heavy rains and potential flooding.

Locally, Hurricane Matthew may deliver 1”-3” of rain over areas already saturated.  Soft soil and potential wind gusts up to 40 mph could down trees and damage powerlines. Orange County encourages residents and commuters to pay particular attention to flood advisories and warnings.

“With lessening focus on local damage, Orange County Emergency Services is preparing resources to help others if needed.” said Kirby Saunders, Emergency Management Coordinator - Orange County, NC.  Many emergency response organizations have crews on standby to assist in supporting or helping to restore services in areas closer to path of the storm.  With any major storm, Orange County could receive evacuees from the coast or outside of the state. 

Orange County Emergency Services is coordinating preparation with representatives from area municipalities, law enforcement, UNC hospitals, area fire departments, power companies, American Red Cross, school systems, Animal Services, Health Department, Solid Waste, Public Works, OWASA, Forestry, Parks, and others. 

Residents are encouraged to monitor local radio and television stations for storm updates.  Social media, websites, newspapers, TV and radio are excellent sources for information on Matthew. 

Individuals who live or work in Orange County are encouraged to register for OC Alerts, our community notification program. Registration is free and available at

On Twitter follow @ocncemergency or @ocncgov

In an emergency call 9-1-1. 

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