Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying his office was preparing for the impact from Hurricane Florence. Here is his full statement:
Over the past few days I have been working together with our Emergency Services Director, 911 Director, fire chiefs, and EMS personnel, as well as other law enforcement agencies in our county, in preparation for Hurricane Florence that is expected to impact Johnston County beginning early Thursday.
As Sheriff, I have placed all deputy sheriffs and other essential personnel on mandatory standby for callout until further notice. We will be continuously monitoring the weather conditions during the storm and will have supervisors assigned to the Emergency Operations Center, as well as deputy sheriffs assigned to the shelters open throughout Johnston County.
Johnston County is expected to experience heavy rainfall and damaging winds, which will result in downed trees, power outages, and roadways being washed out. Deputies will be responding to calls as weather conditions and roadways permit. Please understand that response times may be delayed due to this powerful storm.
As Sheriff, I encourage you to understand that storms of this magnitude are dangerous and can be deadly. I strongly encourage you to stay off the roadways until this storm has passed.
Please keep all of our first responders in your thoughts and prayers as they leave their families to provide public safety to our citizens during this hurricane.