RALEIGH, N.C. -- All Federal/State disaster recovery centers opened in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd will close today at 5 p.m. and remain closed Sunday, Oct. 17, because of the potential threat from Hurricane Irene, which may bring additional rain to the Carolinas late Saturday.
"We want to make sure people are in a safe place late Saturday and Sunday from the wind and rain that Hurricane Irene is expected to bring to parts of the Carolinas," said Federal Coordinating Officer Glenn Woodard. All mobile recovery centers and mobile mitigation centers will be closed as well as all fixed recovery centers, Woodard said.
State Coordinating Officer Eric Tolbert said North Carolina residents who have weather-related emergencies late Saturday and Sunday should contact their county emergency management office. He also reminded people to avoid driving on flooded roads.
The disaster recovery centers are scheduled to reopen Monday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m.