Cabarrus declares State of Emergency

View the signed State of Emergency declaration

At 2 p.m. today, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency in Cabarrus County due to Hurricane Florence. The declaration allows mobilization of emergency management resources in preparation for the hurricane, which is expected to hit the county over the next few days.

Current weather models predict heavy rain and wind across our area. Emergency Management officials urge residents to prepare for widespread flooding and high-impact winds, which have the potential to impact travel and may lead to power outages.

In the event of an outage, please contact your power company and monitor their information.

Should you lose power, only use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors and away from windows.


At this time, Cabarrus County has not opened or scheduled the opening of any shelters.

Here are some tips for sheltering in place:

  • During high winds, go to a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.
  • If trapped by flooding, go to the highest level of the building.
  • Do not climb into a closed attic.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors only and away from windows.
  • Do NOT walk, swim or drive through flood waters.
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.


Prepare by downloading the ReadyNC app on your smartphone or tablet. For more information, visit

Cabarrus County provides updates on severe weather emergencies and Cabarrus County Government closings in a variety of places. Sign up now to stay informed.

The County also sends notifications through local media outlets.

If faced with an emergency, please dial 911 for assistance.

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