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  • HURRICANE IRENE: Brunswick County Schools closed Friday

    Brunswick County School officials have cancelled school for all Brunswick County public schools for Friday, Aug. 26, due to Hurricane Irene.

    According to the 8 p.m. National Hurricane Center update, Brunswick County remains under a hurricane warning.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Hurricane warning issued for Brunswick County (UPDATED)

    UPDATE: Brunswick County remains under a hurricane warning, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. update.

    Hurricane Irene is still a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Some overnight strengthening is expected.

    Irene is 530 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, moving north-northwest at 14 mph.

    Her current track is expected to continue through Thursday evening, with a northward turn Friday.

    She is forecast to approach the North Carolina Coast Saturday.

  • Hurricane Irene: Holden Beach issues voluntary evacuations

    At 4 p.m. Thursday, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden issued a proclamation for voluntary evacuation of Holden Beach.

    "I once again urge everyone to make sure your personal plans are in place and be prepared," he said.

    Earlier Thursday, Brunswick County Emergency officials issued a voluntary evacuation for residents who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, mobile homes or homes that are subject to damage.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Emergency officials issue voluntary evacuation

    Brunswick County Emergency officials have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, mobile homes or homes that are subject to damage.

    The voluntary evacuation will begin Friday morning. Shelters will open at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte and North Brunswick High School in Leland at 5 p.m. Friday.

    Hurricane Irene is still a strong Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115 mph, and she is currently 600 miles south-southeast of Wilmington.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Governor declares state of emergency; shelter sites announced

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina’s eastern counties, including Brunswick County.

    According to a press release from Perdue’s office, she declared the state of emergency for counties east of I-95 late Wednesday.

    Brunswick County remains under a tropical storm warning, as do neighboring New Hanover County and Horry County, S.C. A hurricane watch has been issued from Surf City in Pender County to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Schools to release early Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will release students early on Friday, Aug. 26 to allow for Hurricane Irene preparations.

    Brunswick County Schools will dismiss on the following schedule:

    •Elementary schools will be released at 11:50 a.m.

    •Middle schools will be released at 12:55 p.m.

    •High schools will be released at 12:50 p.m.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: What Brunswick County can expect

    BOLIVIA—Hurricane Irene continues to churn northwest through the Atlantic Ocean and was 645 miles south of Cape Hatteras at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Hurricane Irene is a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Higher wind gusts are possible, and Irene is expected to strengthen throughout the day Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update.

    But for Brunswick County residents, Hurricane Irene is expected to bring tropical-storm strength conditions early Saturday morning, including rain and wind.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Schools to start as scheduled Thursday

    Although Brunswick County Schools have adjusted start times for the district's new school year, which begins Thursday morning, Hurricane Irene doesn't appear it's going to affect classes.

    According to a call from superintendent Edward Pruden Wednesday around 6:30 p.m., schools will open as scheduled Thursday and operate on a normal schedule Thursday and Friday. The district will continue to monitor progress of Hurricane Irene and may make adjustments if needed.

    Check back frequently for updates.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center update

    According to the 5 p.m. briefing from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irene is still a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. Some strengthening is expected Thursday.

    She is moving toward the northwest at 12 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday night.

    A turn toward the north-northwest and then north are expected Thursday and Thursday night.

    The core of Irene will move across the southeastern and central Bahamas on Wednesday night and over the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Storm expected to reach Category 4 Thursday

    According to the 2 p.m. National Weather Service storm update, Hurricane Irene’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 120 mph.

    Still a strong Category 3 storm, she is expected to increase in strength to a Category 4 storm Thursday.

    Irene is about 50 miles south of the Bahamas and is moving northwest at 12 mph.