Southern Pines is urging the community to stay off the roads and to prepare their homes and businesses for extended power outages. Conditions are deteriorating as ice continues to accumulate. Icy conditions are causing large tree branches to fall, resulting in blocked roadways and downed power lines.
As of approximately 1:15 pm on Sunday, January 16, Duke Energy reported nearly 14,000 power outages in Moore County; approximately 6,000 of those are in Southern Pines. The community may report power outages to Duke Energy at 800-POWERON (800-769-3766). For hazardous conditions, call 911 immediately. Do not touch a power line or anything in contact with it, and keep others away until help arrives.
Town of Southern Pines fire and emergency crews were simultaneously responding to over 30 calls as of early afternoon, the majority related to storm damage. Community members in need of non-emergency assistance from the Town are asked to call 910-692-7031 to be connected with the Town’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), who will dispatch needed resources. Please call 911 for emergency help.
Chief Mike Cameron of the Southern Pines Fire Department urges community members to stay off the roads and to identify safe alternate sources of heat as additional power outages are highly likely. If using fuel fired appliances, including kerosene heaters or fire places, be sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are functioning properly.
For those using portable generators, operate them outdoors only in an area with plenty of ventilation. Never run a generator in a home or garage as they give off deadly carbon monoxide. Plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. Keep the generator dry, operate it on a dry surface, and do not touch the generator with wet hands. Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling.
For those needing shelter due to power outages or storm damage, Moore County is operating a shelter at the Sports Complex in the 100 block of Hillcrest Park Lane, Carthage. Anyone who wishes to stay at the facility must first undergo a screening for symptoms of COVID-19, according to a news release from Moore County Public Safety. The complex is located. For information on the shelter, call 910-947-6317.
The Town will release further updates and resources, as needed.