ATLANTIC OCEAN - SEPTEMBER 2: In this NOAA GOES-East satellite handout image, Hurricane Dorian, now a Cat. 4 storm, moves slowly past Grand Bahama Island on September 2, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean. Dorian moved slowly past the Bahamas at times just 1 mph as it unleashed massive flooding and winds of 150 m.p.h. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

Hurricane Dorian Coverage

Stay safe and stay informed. WKML will have the latest information on Hurricane Dorian and its potential impacts on our area.

As closings and watches or warnings come in, we’ll post those here.


  • The Salvation Army Inclement Weather Shelter will be opening on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at The Pathway of Hope Shelter, 245 Alexander Street.


    • Murchison Road Community Farmers’ Market will be closed Wednesday.
    • Bladen County Schools will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will be closed Thursday and Friday.
    • Hoke County has cancelled school on Thursday, Sept. 5, and schools will operate on a 3-hour delay on Friday. Buses will begin routes at 9 a.m. on Friday. All after-school activities have been cancelled on Wednesday.
    • Robeson County Schools will release at 1 p.m. Wednesday. All school campuses will close at 2, and the Central Office will close at 3 p.m. All after school activities are canceled. School is closed for students and staff Thursday. School is closed for students Friday, and there will be an optional teacher workday with three-hour delay Friday.
    • Sampson County Schools has cancelled all after-school activities on Wednesday. School will be closed for students and staff on Thursday, and information regarding Friday will be posted as it becomes available.
    • Methodist University has canceled all classes, campus and sports events for the remainder of this week. Residence halls will reopen at noon Sunday. The university will remain open and operate on a normal schedule until further notice.

From NC Emergency Management, National Weather Service, and other local weather information sources.


Hurricane season is here, and we want to make sure you’re prepared! Check out our quizzes below to find out how well you’re ready for severe weather.

Is Your Home Storm Ready?

How Well Do You Know Severe Weather Situations?

Fact: Hurricane season is June 1-November 30, but the peak season is between mid-August and late October.

Basic preparedness tips:

  • Know where you’re going. If you have to evacuate, know the correct route to take and know where you can stay.
  • Have access to a radio for news and weather updates.
  • Have a go-bag containing: flashlights, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of critical information if you need to evacuate.
  • If you’re in an area that doesn’t have to evacuate, plan ahead for possible power and water loss. Make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need if you are unable to leave your home due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Have a family emergency communication plan
  • Find out if your area has text or email alert systems for emergency notifications.

Preparing Your Home:

  • Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and clear any clogged areas to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Make sure your roof, windows, and doors – including the garage doors – are secure.
  • Purchase a portable generator to use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside at least 20 feat away from windows and doors and protected from moisture. NEVER attempt to power your house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Be sure to have a battery operated radio.

The Hurricane is 6 hours from arriving…what should you do?

  • If you’re not evacuating, plan to stay at home or wherever your are and let friends and family know your location.
  • Close storm shutters and stay away from windows.
  • Turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting and only open when absolutely necessary. If you lose power, your food will last longer.
  • Turn on your radio to stay updated on the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone so you’ll have full battery in case of power loss.


For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane, click here.

For information on how to prepare for power outages, click here.

For more information on flood safety, click here.

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