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This morning in Craven County began pretty quietly, with slight drizzles here and there — but mostly no sign of Hurricane Dorian’s approach. By day’s end, gusts of wind sent rain flying sideways, the rivers began to overflow, and homes and businesses boarded up ahead of tornado warnings and a 11 p.m. curfew.

Three blocks off Front Street, at the Craven County Emergency Operations Center, staff and volunteers were working phones and monitoring shelter activity and road conditions. Representatives from the sheriff’s office and rescue squads listened for reports of incidents around the county. This was the middle of afternoon, and 111 evacuees had checked in at county shelters.

Meanwhile, outside, the skies darkened under the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian. Water rose on the sidewalk next to Front Street.

By dusk, the weather system announced its impending arrival. Steady rains fell in Havelock. Wind gusts impeded pedestrians as they walked and cracked small limbs on trees. Craven County announced a tornado warning into the evening and set a 11 p.m. curfew. The county braces for impact sometime overnight, as residents go to bed wondering what they will see in the morning.

Rupen Fofaria

Rupen Fofaria is the equity and learning differences reporter at EducationNC who is passionate about shining light on under-reported issues.