In the 99 counties in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia covered by the FCC’s activation of its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for Hurricane Florence, 6.0% of cell sites were out of service as of 11 a.m. today, down from 7.2% yesterday, the FCC reported. The communications status report said that 11.8% of cell sites in North Carolina were out, 0.8% of sites in South Carolina, 0.1% of sites in Georgia, and no sites in Virginia. “Onslow county in North Carolina has more than 50% of cell sites out of service,” the report noted. It said that 911 calls to three public safety answering points in North Carolina were being routed to other PSAPs.
Calls to primary PSAPs Columbus County Central Communications and Pamlico County Communications were being rerouted with location information, and calls to secondary PSAP Washington Policy Communications were being rerouted without location information. As for cable and wireline service, the report said that 187,885 subscribers had lost service in North Carolina; 5,073 in South Carolina; and none in either Georgia or Virginia. Five TV stations, 28 FM radio stations, and three AM radio stations reported being out of service.