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LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA - JULY 31: Juan Ramirez places plywood into his vehicle at The Home Depot on July 31, 2020 in Lake Worth, Florida.

Cumberland County has issued a State of Emergency in anticipation of the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias, and activated its Emergency Operations Center.

“Cumberland County Emergency Management officials are closely monitoring the approach of Tropical Storm Isaias and encourage residents to finish their storm preparations by early evening,” the county said in a release. “The National Weather Service anticipates tropical storm force winds that will result in tree damage and subsequent power outages.”

As Isaias intensifies along the east coast, it currently has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. It is expected to be a borderline hurricane-strength storm when it hits land somewhere along the North Carolina and South Carolina border later tonight.

Cumberland County said that the Salvation Army has declared this a White Flag/Inclement Weather event and is opening the shelter on Alexander Street, but with a limit of 22 people because of COVID-19 restrictions.

County offices will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday to help allow for safer travel in the event of any downed trees or other issues, County Manager Amy Cannon said.

Get information about severe weather and other emergencies by signing up for our Cumberland Alerts notification system. The Cumberland Alerts system enables us to provide you with critical information related to incidents such as severe weather, evacuations, protective actions, etc. You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. Sign-up now by visiting co.cumberland.nc.us/alerts.

Please note that because of COVID-19, typical storm prep is NOT enough. Check out our special storm ready prep page to get the latest information on how to have your family ready in case of emergency.

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.