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Richmond County Sheriff’s Office: Stay off the roads during storm

Radar image of post-tropical cyclone Ian. Source: National Weather Service

ROCKINGHAM ― Law enforcement officials are asking residents to stay off the roads as winds increase across Richmond County.

“We are beginning to have more and more reported areas with downed trees and areas of water standing in the roadways,” reads a post from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. “If it is not an extreme emergency, please stay home. We will attempt to keep you posted throughout the evening & tonight.”

The Rockingham Police Department also issued a warning on its social media.

The National Weather Service reports that 1.85 inches of rain associated with the storm had been measured in Rockingham as of 4 p.m.

Wind speeds as high as 44 mph were measured in Rockingham and 37 mph in Hamlet.

The 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center indicates that Ian, now classified as a post-tropical cyclone, was about 20 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, heading north at 15 mph, with maximum sustained winds near 70mph, but higher gusts.

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The latest track shifts the eye path even farther east, with the storm now expected to pass just east of Laurinburg and north through Aberdeen and Pinehurst.

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