With Hurricane Florence stilll hanging out at sea, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is bracing for the powerful hurricane.

The Lumbee Tribe is working with the Robeson County Government and Robeson County Emergency Management to prepare our area for Hurricane Florence.

The designated Emergency Shelters for Robeson County are:

Lumberton High School 3901 Fayetteville Road Lumberton, NC 28358

Purnell Swett High School 11244 Deep Branch Road Maxton, NC 28364

Hurricane Florence is on a path of destruction that will put millions of people at risk and threaten billions of dollars in property damage, centered on the Carolinas, through this weekend.

Florence dipped to Category 2 hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph on Wednesday evening.

"Minor fluctuations in strength are likely to continue with factors related to nearby land areas, warm waters, wind shear and the overall large size of Florence," according to AccuWeather Vice President of Forecasting and Graphics Operations Marshal Moss.

Even though Florence is moving to the northwest at this time, AccuWeather meteorologists believe that the hurricane will stall and meander near the Carolina coast from late Thursday night to Saturday. The forward speed of Florence has dropped from 17 mph on Wednesday to 10 mph during Thursday afternoon.

For days, coastal areas will be bombarded with torrential rain, high winds, coastal erosion and storm surge, while Inland areas will be poured upon. As the soil becomes saturated, gusty winds will topple trees and lead to widespread power outages. There is the potential for waterspouts and tornadoes in advance of, during and after Florence makes landfall.


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