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Some seek shelter from storm at Southpoint

Posted February 12, 2014
Updated February 13, 2014

Light snow began in Fayetteville, NC at 10am, quickly turning into very heavy snow. Roads are covered!! Still snowing heavily at 12:15pm.

Drivers who found themselves trapped for hours in traffic on snow-covered Triangle roadways had several options for shelter and warmth.

In Durham, the Streets of Southpoint mall stayed open as snow and freezing rain fell, and several travelers sought refuge there for the night, a security guard said. 

Elsewhere, shelters opened to provide a warm option for resident who lost power or were otherwise unable to weather the winter storm in their homes.

Volunteers said anyone planning to go to a shelter should make sure to bring essential items, including identification; presciptions and special needs items for children and elderly family members; extra clothes, pillows, blankets and hygiene supplies; and foods that meet dietary restrictions.

The following is a list available shelters by county:

Cumberland County

Fayetteville – Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave. Call 433-1571.

Durham County

The  Streets of Southpoint has opened it’s doors to take in people stuck on Interstate 40. Drivers can stay inside the mall as long as is necessary, a spokesman said.

Edgecombe/Nash County
Rocky Mount – Englewood Baptist Church, 1350 S. Winstead Ave. Shelter opens at 3 p.m.

Franklin County

Louisburg - Franklin County Senior Center, 127 Shannon Village. Shelter opens at 5 p.m. There is limited space at the Franklin County Animal Shelter for pets.

Harnett County

Gospel Tabernacle Church - 2105 W. Cumberland St., Dunn

Benson – West Johnston High School, 5935 Raleigh Road.

Moore County

Aberdeen – Southern Middle School, 515 Johnson St. Most pets allowed.

Orange County

A phone bank number has been established at 919-245-6111. Volunteers are available to answer questions about power outages and shelter locations. No shelters are open at this time.

Wake County

Apex – United Methodist Church, 100 S. Hughes St. Shelter opens at 4 p.m.

Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane in Knightdale

Garner – Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Drive. Shelter opens at 4 p.m.

Raleigh -- to check road conditions, call the non-emergency number for city services: 919-996-2999


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  • Mo Blues Feb 13, 2014

    My wife is honest and just calls "seeking shelter at Southpointe Mall" what it is: shopping.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 12, 2014

    Praying mightily for everyone, especially for those injured or in need!!!

  • Amy Whaley Feb 12, 2014
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    let them stay in the lobby

  • Rebelyell Feb 12, 2014

    This is awesome. I was stranded at Crabtree Mall during the last gridlock. At about 5;30 they announced that the mall would be closing at 6! What a bunch of creeps.

  • Marley Higgins Feb 12, 2014
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    if there's not a room, what's the guy to do - kick someone else out?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 12, 2014

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    - They do have fire codes they have to follow, but still - in a state of emergency, you'd think...

    Well, you know.

  • Orange1223 Feb 12, 2014

    That is so nice. The Hampton Inn at Brier Creek sent a family of 5 (pregnant wife) whose car got stuck in a ditch, outside since rooms were full.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 12, 2014

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    One must do what's necessary to get themselves to safety.
    In this case - WALK, just like we use to do in the old days.

  • Kenny Dunn Feb 12, 2014
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    Kudos to Southpoint. I may have to shop there now they've done this. I normally avoid the big malls at all costs. Very nice move.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 12, 2014

    Darn decent of the mall manager. Kudos to them and prayers for those affected.