MOORESVILLE – Mayor Miles Atkins declared a local state of emergency Thursday afternoon in anticipation of Hurricane Florence, which is projected to pass through the Charlotte area tonight, Sept. 13.

The Iredell County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency for the county this morning and Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Friday, Sept. 7.

On Sept. 12, Town of Mooresville staff met to plan how town employees would handle the impending storm, which was reported by the National Hurricane Center to have 100 mph maximum sustained winds Thursday evening.

Here are some takeaways from that meeting:

• Iredell County and the American Red Cross operate shelter openings. Some shelters may be located in Mooresville, but the town will not have control over where they are placed.

• Fire Chief Curt Deaton recommends residents download the ReadyNC app or visit ReadyNC.org. The app will have up-to-date information about shelter openings, flood areas, local road closures and more.

• If you see fallen power lines during or after the storm, treat them all as live wires. Do not approach them. Call the town’s Public Works department at 704-664-4278 to report them.

• If you see a non-functioning traffic light, you should also call the Public Works department. If a traffic light is on a state-maintained road, the town does not have the authority to revive it, but town employees will call Duke Energy to report the outage.

• Do not cross flooded roadways by foot or car. If you cannot see the road, it is unsafe to cross.

• Do not walk around police barriers or traffic cones.

• Residents are encouraged to follow the Town of Mooresville, Mooresville Police Department and Mooresville Fire and Rescue on Facebook and Twitter. Updated information will be posted throughout and after the storm.

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