Hurricane Dorian

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Latest Hurricane Information -----2:15 p.m. Sept. 10

The Town of Leland will extend the hours of its vegetative debris drop-off site this week to assist residents in their hurricane clean-up efforts. The site, located at 187 Old Lanvale Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 14.

Additionally, Brunswick County will extend its free dump week until Saturday, Sept. 21.

Visit the Community section of this website for additional details. 


---12:30 p.m. Sept. 8

Brunswick County Emergency Services coordinates offers for donations and volunteer assistance with the Brunswick County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

Questions about who to contact for help, how to volunteer or how to donate items? Contact Emergency Services Volunteer and Nonprofit Coordinator Leslie Stanley, (910) 253-5383. Based on the level of impact locally, VOAD anticipates it has enough resources to serve our area but has a list of partner organizations that may be able to assist residents with unmet and construction needs post-Hurricane Dorian.

For more information, visit Brunswick County's website.  

If you are interested in volunteering for post-Dorian assistance/relief, please keep in mind these helpful tips. 


--- 5:10 p.m. Sept. 6

Mayor Brenda Bozeman has lifted the Town-wide State of Emergency declaration, effective 5 p.m. today (Friday). The State of Emergency was declared at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 4 in response to the potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.


--- 8:42 a.m. Sept. 6

The Hurricane Warning has been lifted for Brunswick County. Dorian has moved past our area and, based on assessments thus far, has left only minimal damage. All major thoroughfares in Leland neighborhoods are clear and passable, as are major roads throughout the Town. No major structural damage to homes or buildings has been reported.

Village Road between Lanvale Road and near the U.S. 17 on-ramps remains without power, though power appears to have been restored to the rest of the Town.

We will continue to provide updates as we receive them on our website. Updates will also be posted on the Town's Facebook page, as well as NextDoor and Twitter (@Townofleland). 


---5:47 p.m. Sept. 5

From the latest update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Wilmington office:

Dorian is impacting the area and will continue through tonight. The area could see approximately 3 to 6 inches of rain through tonight and potential tropical storm-force winds, with a few gusts to hurricane-force level (isolated to the coast and offshore buoys). Winds should die down by early Friday morning.

With the tornado threat now gone, flash flooding and power outages are the main concerns. Storm surge is also still a concern through tonight’s high tide, especially for North Carolina.

The following warnings and watches are in effect for Brunswick County:

  • Hurricane Warning
  • Storm Surge Warning
  • Flash Flood Watch

Read the full report from the NWS.

More information is available on the NWS website



---5:47 p.m. Sept. 5

Path of Hurricane Dorian along the southeast coast

It appears Dorian is picking up a little speed toward our region. The eye of the storm is making its way to our region at 10 mph and expected to reach our region later tonight into very early Friday morning. 


---4:39 p.m. Sept. 5


Map of power outages in North Carolina
Counties  highlighted in blue are experiencing no outages currently as of 4 p.m., according to Power Outage US. 

Outages across our region appear to be minimal right now. But Duke Energy Progress is beginning to see storm-related outages this afternoon as Hurricane Dorian reaches our coast. 

If you're a Duke customer, you can see the outage map, report an outage and sign up to receive text notifications on the Duke Energy Progress website. Keep in mind that restoration efforts cannot begin until the storm passes. Repair work will be lengthy and difficult. Restoring power after a storm like Dorian can be extremely challenging for utility repair crews, as travel and work conditions will be impacted by high winds and widespread flooding. 

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) customers can keep up to date on outages via the online outage map. Outages may also be reported via BEMC's website

Power Outage US also has an outage overview map of North Carolina.  


--- 2:40 p.m. Sept. 5

The following gas stations are still open and have gas:

  • Buy and Go on Ploof Rd.
  • Harris Teeter
  • Scotchman in Belville
  • Citgo #1 on Village Rd.

Walmart in Leland is now closed and will reopen to customers, weather permitting, at 9 a.m. Saturday. Walmart employees are scheduled to return to work at 7 a.m. Saturday.



---12:52 p.m. Sept. 5

If you have questions at any time during the hurricane about what to do in the midst of the storm, Brunswick County has a line open to answer your questions. Call (910) 253-5383. Of course, if you have an emergency, please call 911. Visit the Town's website and social media pages - Facebook, Twitter (@Townofleland) and NextDoor for updates from the County and around Leland.


---11:42 Sept. 5

Map of power outages

Map of power outages

Both Duke Energy Progress and BEMC are reporting widespread outages within our area. 


Duke Energy customers who experience an outage during the storm can report it by: 

  • Visiting on a desktop computer or mobile device. 
  • Texting OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply). 
  • Calling the automated outage-reporting system at (800) 419-6356 


For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy).

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) customers can keep up to date on outages via the online outage map. Outages may also be reported via BEMC's website



--- 8:48 a.m. Sept. 5

Brunswick County is currently under a tornado watch, flash flood watch, hurricane warning and storm surge warning. Several areas across the county experienced hurricane warnings this morning. Brunswick County’s Emergency Services team continues to monitor and respond to weather events.

You are strongly encouraged to be prepared to seek shelter if the National Weather Service issues another tornado warning and in preparation for Hurricane Dorian’s arrival. You should also avoid driving. Never drive through flooded roadways.

How to shelter during a tornado warning:

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building without a basement, get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Follow your preferred media channels, the Town's social media pages and the National Weather Service in Wilmington for future alerts concerning watches and warnings.


--- 8:40 p.m. Sept. 4 

Waste Industries has announced that it will not pick up trash or recycling Thursday or Friday but will collect any additional trash from those days during pick-ups next Thursday and Friday. Waste Industries will provide any updates on trash and recycling service on its website


As we learned from Hurricane Florence, flooding can happen even outside of flood zones. Low-lying areas are more at risk from flooding due to heavy rainfall. However, you can determine your specific flood risk through the FEMA Flood Map Service Center



The Town will provide updates via its website and on social media regarding debris. The procedures for debris removal will vary depending on the severity of the storm and the amount of debris produced.


For more hurricane information, visit the News section of our website. Updates will also be posted on the Town's Facebook page, as well as NextDoor and Twitter (@Townofleland).