UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- Officials in Union County are bracing for the impact Hurricane Michael will bring to the area, including the possibility of heavy rain and flooded roadways.
Union County Emergency Management is monitoring road conditions closely, especially after several roads buckled or were flooded a few weeks ago during the effects of Hurricane Florence.
"Hurricane Florence in some areas of the county, flooding wise, was a thousand-year flood event so you know, we obviously never really experienced that before,” said Jon Williams, deputy fire marshal.
Emergency Management officials are now gearing up for another round of flooded roads, downed trees and power outages.
"We know we're going to have some issues with some of our roadways that typically flood during a summer storm. We know we're going to have those issues,” Williams said.
The county is urging drivers to heed barricade warnings for flooded roadways. Officials are prepositioning some barricades ahead of Michael’s arrival.
"Please do not move the barricades and do not drive around them because they are obviously up for a reason,” Williams added.
Union County will be opening an emergency operations center on Thursday to deal with the effects of Michael. Officials are encouraging folks to either stay at home if they can or take it slow if on the road.
"If you are going to be out driving, just make sure you travel at safe speeds and monitor the conditions around you,” Williams said.