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Cabarrus County is Preparing for Hurricane Florence

Sep 13, 2018 02:02PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP Observes Hurricane Florence in Infrared | by NASA Goddard Photo

Hurricanes the past few years have been highly unpredictable, as well as incredibly devastating, to communities all around the globe. As a result, Cabarrus County officials are urging residents to take this upcoming hurricane seriously. It's anticipated that the hurricane's full force will hit Friday. 

Hurricane Florence is expected to affect the coast lines of South and North Carolina, and is considered a "life-threatening storm surge" according to the National Hurricane Center

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"Preparedness is the key to staying safe during any severe weather event," said Concord Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Sells in a Concord press release. "Everyone has a role in being prepared for disasters, including citizens. Local governments will always be the first to respond. However in the event of a major or catastrophic disaster when roads are flooded, bridges destroyed and the environment is dangerous, citizens should have a plan in place and supplies on hand to help ease their own response.”

One positive response has been from Duke Energy, who has decided to provide advance support to the Red Cross to help ensure they are also well prepared. "Duke Energy is helping communities prepare ahead of Hurricane Florence with $145,000 in grants to the American Red Cross," they said in a news release. "The funds will support disaster response, including support for Red Cross shelters, volunteer training and mobilization of volunteers."

Because this hurricane is being taken seriously, a number of businesses and events have been closed and canceled, including the Cabarrus County Fair. 

“We must consider the safety of our visitors, volunteers, County staff, Powers Midway workers and other vendors and exhibitors,” said Cabarrus County Fair Manager Kate Sharpe in a Cabarrus County Government press release. “There are extra considerations that must be made to tear down safely within the narrowing timeframe.” 

Competitive exhibitors must pick up fair entries on Thursday, September 13.

Competitive Exhibit Entry Pick-Up

Date: Thursday, September 13
Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Gold Hall 1

Poultry & Rabbit Pick-Up

Date: Thursday, September 13
Time: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Event Center

Other events that have canceled due to the hurricane are through the County Active Living & Parks.

  • All Cabarrus County Active Living & Parks youth soccer and football practices and games at all locations are canceled Thursday (September 13) through Sunday (September 16). 
  • Activities at the Cabarrus County senior centers in Concord and Mt. Pleasant, including the Friday Night Dance, are canceled on Friday (September 14) and Saturday (September 15). 

Residents should pay close attention to official weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Prepare by downloading the ReadyNC app on your smartphone or tablet. For more information, visit

Cabarrus County provides updates on severe weather emergencies and Cabarrus County Government closings in a variety of places. Sign up to stay informed.

The County also sends notifications through local media outlets. 

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