FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew and its impact on North Carolina (all times local):
Gov. Pat McCrory is offering help to South Carolina as the projected path of Hurricane Matthew veers away from the North Carolina coast.
McCrory said at a briefing Wednesday that North Carolina will be offering resources to Gov. Nikki Haley as Matthew appears poised to hit the South Carolina coast this weekend. The governor added that he wouldn’t be moving any resources from the state in the event the hurricane changes course and takes aim at North Carolina.
The governor said North Carolina is still placing National Guardsmen and N.C. Highway Patrol troopers in place in the event Matthew turns. He said they will be moved based on the movement of the hurricane.
Officials with the Fayetteville VA Medical Center say their coastal clinics will be closing as a precautionary measure ahead of a possible landfall for Hurricane Matthew.
The center said its Wilmington Heath Care Center, Brunswick County Outreach Clinic and Jacksonville Community-based Outpatient Clinic will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Patients at the coastal clinics are being contacted to notify them of appointment changes.
According to a statement from the center issued on Wednesday, its inland sites such as the Fayetteville VA main campus, Fayetteville Health Care Center, and the Hamlet, Goldsboro and Sanford centers will operate on a normal schedule. The officials said the schedules are subject to change, depending on weather conditions.
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has postponed its state convention scheduled for Raleigh die to the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew.
The convention was scheduled to begin on Thursday, but a statement from the executive committee cited the potential for heavy rains expected in the city for Friday and Saturday, as well as Matthew impacting eastern North Carolina, where many of the organization’s members live and work.
No new date has been set.
The organization says it will focus its attention on helping its branches, churches and friends in eastern North Carolina deal with the storm.
The National Park Service says its visitor services on Ocracoke Island are being suspended after Hyde County officials announced a mandatory evacuation of visitors.
The park service said visitor services were to be suspended by the end of Wednesday. The Ocracoke Campground closed Wednesday morning.
Visitor services may be suspended on Thursday on Hatteras Island, Bodie Island, at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and at Wright Brothers National Memorial.
The park service also said all off-road vehicle beach access ramps on Ocracoke Island will be closed by the end of Wednesday.
Employees at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington have been told to report to work as usual just as students are being ordered to evacuate the campus.
A statement issued by the school on Wednesday said UNCW will be open and operational on Thursday. Employees should report to work as usual unless otherwise advised by supervisors. Officials said a decision regarding Friday will be made by Thursday at 3 p.m.
Students are under a mandatory campus evacuation order. Students must leave campus no later than noon on Thursday. The school said a decision regarding students’ return to campus will be made and distributed as soon as possible.
UNCW is also asking faculty and staff volunteers to serve as host families for campus residential students over the weekend.