Charlotte-Mecklenburg region prepares for Hurricane Michael

Britt Clampitt

​CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2018) – With inclement weather from Hurricane Michael in the forecast, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region is closely monitoring the storm and preparing for any potential impacts.

Hurricane Michael is a fast-moving storm expected to arrive in the Charlotte area on Thursday around 8 a.m. as a tropical storm and move through by 8 p.m. The area could get 3-5 inches of rain and 35 mph wind gusts leading to the potential for flash flooding in flood-prone areas and downed trees and power lines.

Crews have already worked to clear catch basins and storm drains to prevent flooding. The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are ready to coordinate debris clearing and cleanup efforts, and to respond to calls for service as needed.

In advance of the impending inclement weather, the Oct. 11 Meet & Eat community engagement event at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center has been postponed.

At this time, City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County offices and facilities will operate on a normal schedule.

Safety tips during storms

  • Do not drive through flood waters. One foot of moving water could float and sweep a vehicle away. Stay away from creeks, storm drains and flowing water during storms.
  • During the storm, call 911 for any life threatening situations or to report limbs or trees blocking roadways. Do not attempt to clear storm drains or storm drainage pipes during the storm.
  • Please call 911 to report an accident or hazardous traffic conditions.
  • For non-emergency situations, please call 311.
  • Report power outages by contacting Duke Energy at 1-800-777-9898 .
  • Know your area's flood risk. You can find more information about floodplain mapping.

Stay tuned to city and county communications channels and local media outlets for the latest information. Social media accounts include:

Residents can also stay engaged and informed by going to and signing up for CharMeck Alerts.


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