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Bladen County implements curfew with slow moving storm

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Bladen County has implemented a daily curfew beginning Thursday, September 13, 2018,  from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. until further notice, according to Bladen County Emergency Management.

With the slow moving Hurricane Florence, the National Weather Service is forecasting Bladen County to receive between 18 to 20 inches of rainfall during the storm. This can lead to flooding of low-lying areas and along rivers.

Emergency Officials are encouraging residents who reside in low-lying and flood prone areas to evacuate.

“This is an extremely dangerous situation. Flash Flooding is likely and the potential for loss of life and property is very high,” said Steven Pfaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.

Shelters are open. They are located at East Bladen High School, West Bladen High School, Bladen Lakes Elementary, East Arcadia School and Elizabethtown Middle School. Residents with pets and special medical needs are asked to report to the West Bladen High School shelter.

Anyone who needs transportation to the shelters can call BARTS at 910-862-6930. BARTS will suspend service when winds reach 25 MPH.