One shelter will open at 2:00 p. m. today in Lancaster County for those seeking a safe place during Hurricane Florence. The shelter is Buford High School, 4290 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster. The shelter will be staffed by personnel of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross encourages evacuees to bring their medications and needed durable medical supplies such as canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Evacuees on a special diet should bring food suitable for their needs. Evacuees are also encouraged to bring pillows, blankets, and snacks and toys or other items to entertain their children. No weapons of any kind are allowed in emergency shelter facilities.
Four shelters are already open in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, for residents of the northern portion of Lancaster County. The closest is Ardrey Kell High School, 10220 Ardrey Kell Drive, Charlotte. The others are
North Mecklenburg High School
11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville
South Mecklenburg High School
8900 Park Road, Charlotte
East Mecklenburg High School
6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte
Olympic High School
4301 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte
“Although this storm has weakened, we will experience serious impacts in Lancaster County,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “High winds could down power lines, cause property damage, and scatter debris on roadways. Heavy rains could produce flooding. Much of the impact of the storm likely will occur during the hours of darkness tonight and into tomorrow morning making driving conditions particularly hazardous. Citizens should stay sheltered until the storm passes and not attempt to move about outside or on our roadways. I also encourage folks who have relatives or friends who might be vulnerable to the effects of a storm such as this to check on them today before the storm hits to make certain they will be safe and have what they need to get through this event.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.