Sampson towns call emergency meetings for hurricane

Sampson County municipalities are hosting emergency meetings Wednesday night to prepare for Hurricane Matthews, as it continues a path towards North Carolina. According to weather reports, it’s expected to reach the area during the weekend.

To prepare, the City Council of Clinton and Mayor Lew Starling released a proclamation for a state of emergency for the area this afternoon. The purpose was to prepare for weather conditions that may “constitute an imminent threat of widespread or sever damage, injury, or loss of life or property.”

“I further proclaim the City Manager or his designee is authorized to implement the Emergency Operations Plan, and to take such further action as may be necessary to promote an secure the safety and protection of the populace of Clinton, North Carolina,” Starling stated in the proclamation.

In western Sampson County, Mayor Alice Butler called an emergency meeting to consider a resolution declaring a state of emergency in Roseboro in advance of Hurricane Matthews. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today, Oct. 5, at Town Hall, 101 W. Pleasant St., Roseboro. Currently, the town is preparing if the storm brings heavy rains, strong winds, power outages or other conditions.

Nearby in southern Sampson County, Garland Mayor Winifred Murphy called for an emergency meeting with her colleagues of the Board of Commissioners. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. today, Oct. 5, at Town Hall, 190 N. Church Ave., Garland.

As of Wednesday morning, Matthew is currently a Category 3 hurricane moving north with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles from the center of the storm.

According to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center, certain coastal locations are under hurricane warning, hurricane watch and tropical storm warning.

During the week in the Caribbean, the storm struck Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas. According to Associated Press reports, 11 deaths were blamed on the storm.

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