Update: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 12PM
Curfew Revised: New Curfew to go into effect 9PM Saturday through 7AM Sunday
As a result of impassable streets and downed power lines, a curfew has been imposed for the City of Jacksonville from 9PM, Saturday, September 15, 2018 to 7AM, Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Mayor Sammy Phillips declared a State of Emergency September 10 and then issued a curfew that ended today (Saturday) at noon. Because of the conditions of the streets and the lack of power in major portions of the City, a new curfew was established.
Some City crews who were to help with street cleaning were diverted to help with evacuations and rescues. Some areas of the City have been cleared, but others remain unpassable and some have power lines impeding safe travel.
Therefore, the Mayor imposed the new curfew for public safety.
Jacksonville residents who have concerns should call the alternate number for the Citizen’s Phone bank at 910 358-5884.
Update: Friday, September 14, 2018, 3PM
Curfew Issued: 7PM Thursday - Noon Saturday
Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips has signed an order setting a curfew for the City of Jacksonville from 7PM, Thursday, September 13, 2018 until 7AM, Sunday, September 16, 2018. The end time has now been modified to Noon, Saturday, September 15, 2018.
View the curfew proclamation here.
We thank those who voluntarily left our City and heeded our advice for a voluntary evacuation. For those who stayed, now is not the time to seek other shelter. As hurricane force winds approach Jacksonville, now is the time to stay in place.
The Curfew Proclamation states: “In order to preserve the public health, safety, and welfare of Jacksonville citizens, and to protect their property as a result of evacuations and the threat of possible looting, I hereby restrict the appearance in public during the aforementioned period of anyone except law enforcement, emergency services personnel, emergency utility workers, and elected and appointed county and municipal officials. I further order that, with the exception of business or establishments that provide emergency services, all offices, business establishments, and other places to or from which people may travel or at which they may congregate are strongly encouraged be closed during the aforementioned period.”
The Mayor signed the proclamation after being informed of the weather expected to be experienced.
Emergency vehicles cannot be dispatched when the winds exceed 50MPH. Residents who have not evacuated should remain in place after the winds reach that speed.
Beginning about 9PM, the City is expected to have major hurricane winds. The hurricane force winds will continue until noon on Friday.
“This is not the time to be driving around,” said Mayor Phillips in announcing the curfew. “It is now too late for safe evacuation. There will be trees down, power lines down and flooding. And we expect a storm surge along the New River Friday.”
Jacksonville residents who have concerns should call the Citizen’s Phone bank at 938-5200.
Update: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 11AM
Stay Home, Stay Safe.
That is the message from Mayor Sammy Phillips. In his live report from the Jacksonville EOC at 9:45am, Thursday, September 13 with Public Safety Director Mike Yaniero and Mayor Pro Tem Lazzara, the Mayor stated that hurricane Florence will have significant impact to our area. See the City's facebook page for the live report - Jacksonville North Carolina Government
Important information to know:
- A State of Emergency has been declared by Mayor Sammy Phillips for the City of Jacksonville
- As of 11AM, the Jacksonville area is is starting to feel the impact of the storm with winds now exceeding 35MPH. Wind speeds will increase throughout the day and into Thursday night
- A tornado watch is in effect for our area
- The New River is expected to rise, downtown Jacksonville most likely to experience flooding.
- While there is no curfew established at this point, the Mayor and Public Safety Director are stating that this may change as conditions worsen.
- An update is scheduled for 3PM
City Emergency personnel and other crews are on the job:
Please allow emergency crews to do their job. Public Safety personnel, road crews and crews responding to power outages are on the job to help keep you safe. Please keep roadways clear so they may do their job.
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