Polk County Emergency Management issues updates Sept. 15 about local Tropical Storm Florence forecast, preparations

Polk County Emergency Management has issued the following updates on Sept. 15 about the forecast and preparations for Tropical Storm Florence:

PRECIPITATION FORECAST
– 6 to 8 inches predicted through the storm timeline (2 days)
– Light rain starting around noon/2 p.m.
– Heavy rain starting at midnight tonight
– Rain expected to clear out Monday night

STORM TRACK FORECAST
– Shifting west slightly
– Maximum gusts of up to 40 miles per hour predicted for later today

WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES AT TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER
– WEG Competition scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday
– Small crew on site at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the weather event


LOCAL STORM PREPARATIONS
Emergency Shelter: Polk County opening emergency shelter at 3 p.m. today at Polk County Middle School at 321 Wolverine Trail in Mill Spring. Call 211 for updated shelter information concerning people and their animals.

Emergency Kit Supplies Information: For tips on what supplies to put in an Emergency Supply Kit, visit http://polknc.info/how-to-prepare-get-information-about-hurricane-florence/.

HOW TO RECEIVE UPDATES
Polk County Local Government recommends staying updated by regularly checking these sources and signing up for alerts and updates:

Local TV, Newspaper, Radio and other News Organizations

Polk County Local Government’s websites
PolkNC.org and PolkNC.info

Social Media
Polk County Local Government Facebook Page
Polk County Emergency Management/Fire Marshal Facebook Page
Polk County’s Twitter Page @PolkCountyNC

Automated Text Message Alerts
NIXLE Alerts
– For Polk County Emergency and Weather information, text POLKNC to 888-777.
– For World Equestrian Games updates, text WEG2018 to 888-777.

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