The Town of Madison has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Florence heads toward the North Carolina coast and will continue inland.

In the document, Mayor David Myers stated, “I have determined that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities will be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property.”

The declaration goes into effect at 6 p.m. today, and access would only be limited upon the event of a natural disaster in the selected areas effected.

"We will keep the public aware of any restrictions or changes that occur during this event," Madison Police Captain Jason White said.

In those instances, access could potentially be limited in those areas within the town to verified property owners with proper credentials, and emergency services personnel and verified utilities personnel with proper credentials and operating properly labeled utility vehicles.

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