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Michael Expected to Bring Severe Weather to Cary

Post Date:10/11/2018 10:23 AM

Michael Expected to Bring Severe Weather to Cary
Council meeting, afternoon and evening recreation programs canceled

  • High winds and significant rainfall are expected in the area this afternoon and throughout the evening, bringing the potential for flash flooding and downed trees.
  • The Cary Town Council meeting and work session this evening have been canceled.
  • Cary parks, recreation and cultural resources facilities will close at 5 p.m. or earlier if conditions warrant; all programs scheduled to start after noon have been canceled.

 Full Release

Cary, NC – With heavy rain and high winds expected in the area as early as 11 a.m., the Town of Cary is preparing for severe weather by increasing its number of responders and limiting afternoon and evening activities. Now downgraded, Tropical Storm Michael brings the potential for flash flooding, downed trees and power outages. Cary storm fighters are ready to respond around-the-clock to issues as needed. Vehicles, generators, chainsaws and other equipment are fueled, inspected and tested. The Cary Fire Department has placed two boat teams in service for response to any flash flooding events. Crews will begin fighting the storm by cutting and pushing downed trees to the side of streets to ensure a passable road network.

 “Safety is our top priority, so we’re encouraging citizens to stay home and off roadways once the storm starts, if possible,” said Cary Fire Chief Allan Cain. “Flooding is our primary concern, and we’re reminding folks not to drive through high water. With wind gusts up to 55 mph, there’s a greater potential for signal outages and downed trees as well.”

The Cary Town Council meeting and work session set for 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. respectively have been canceled. Cary parks, recreation and cultural resources facilities will close at 5 p.m. or earlier if conditions warrant; all programs scheduled to start after noon have been canceled. The Chris Tucker comedy show at Booth Amphitheatre has also been canceled. The Citizen's Convenience Center at 313 N. Dixon Ave. will close at 1 p.m. GoCary fixed route and door-to-door services will operate as normally scheduled for as long as doing so is considered safe. For the safety of passengers and staff, bus service is discontinued once the area experiences 39 mph sustained winds. Updates will be published on www.GoCary.org.

Greenways may become blocked by downed trees and are in low, flood prone areas. The Town encourages residents to avoid using the greenways during and immediately after the storm. Motorists are reminded to treat non-working signalized intersections as four-way stops. Report traffic signal outages and downed trees on Cary streets and sidewalks to the Town of Cary at (919) 469-4090. Remember trees may be tangled in live power lines, so do not attempt to move them on your own.

POWER OUTAGES

Report power outages to Duke Energy Progress anytime at 1-800-419-6356, or Apex Electric 919-372-7475 after hours. Please do not call 911 unless you are experiencing an immediate threat to life or property.

If you lose power and plan to use a generator, DO NOT use it indoors. That includes the garage, carport, basement, crawlspace, or other partially-enclosed area, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide in the home, which can’t be seen or smelled and can be deadly.

COMMUNICATION

Citizens are encouraged to keep up with alerts from the Town on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Be sure you are signed-up for email alerts at www.townofcary.org/email. For more preparedness tips, search “Ready Cary” at www.townofcary.org. To be notified by phone of non-weather-related imminent threats to life, health or property in Cary, register at www.readywake.com.

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Primary Contacts

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240

Resources

Recreation & Cultural Arts Programming Cancellation Line 
Ready Cary 
ReadyWake 
Calendar 
Town of Cary on Facebook 
Town of Cary on Twitter 

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