The impending hurricane is causing a disruption of services and events all over the area, including here in Clayton.
The Saturday downtown Farmers Market has been called off for this weekend, and the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will be closed.
In addition, the Clayton Community Center will be closed, as well, though it may reopen in the afternoon Saturday once the storm passes.
Police and Fire officials have set up a temporary control center at Fire Station No. 1 downtown in the event that emergency services are needed when Hurricane Irene hits the area on Saturday.
Electric service interruptions are also a concern in extreme weather. If the storm hits the Clayton area harder than expected and customers of Clayton Public Power experience a service interruption, they can report the problem by calling 919-553-1530.
Hurricane Irene, a large, powerful hurricane, is continuing on a collision-course with the NC coast.