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EI Goals List Established for 2021-2023 

On May 11, 2021, the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners approved the most recent community goals list. This document assists the Town Board and staff in executing a series of critical needs for the immediate 12-months and beyond. The progressive goals list outlines plans for 2021, 2022 and 2023. 
Click here to see the approved list.

 
The Town also tracks its most recent accomplishments. For a checklist of items completed in 2020, please click here to view. 
 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 9, 2021 9:14:00 AM Categories: News

Tropical Storm Warning: Elsa Message No. 4 

July 8, 2021

This post has been updated to reflect a tornado watch for the area, as well as other storm preparedness advice. 

The Town of Emerald Isle and Carteret County are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning, and anticipate seeing the effects of Tropical Storm Elsa today as it moves across North Carolina. 

Updated at 8:45 a.m.: Carteret County is under a tornado watch until 3 p.m. on July 8, 2021.

The National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office released the following information:

Tropical Storm Elsa is still expected to cross North Carolina Thursday into Thursday night. The forecast remains generally the same with a few minor changes. 

  • Slight shift westward in Elsa's forecast track as it moves over North Carolina.
  • Decrease in expected rainfall totals over Eastern NC. Training of precipitation within rain bands could still result in localized flash flooding. 

Here is what remains the same:

  • Isolated severe thunderstorms including a few tornadoes are possible.
  • Gusty winds to tropical storm force may occur.
  • Strong winds may lead to minor water level rises up to 2 feet above ground for sound-side portions of the Outer Banks, mainly north of Cape Hatteras.
  • High Surf with a High Risk for dangerous rip currents Thursday, possibly lingering into Friday.

Red flags are flying and nobody should enter the water today. The Town's lifeguard towers are closed for the day, but roaming lifeguards will be on the beach strand as long as it is safe to do so, to reminder people to stay out of the water.

The Town of Emerald Isle recommends all trash and recycling cans, as well as any other lightweight yard items, be placed in a safe area where they will not blow around or fall over. Simmons & Simmons will not be collecting trash today, but will resume regular ocean-side pickup on Friday, and sound-side service on Tuesday.

The EmeraldFest Concert with The Mad Fiddler scheduled for today has been postponed to Thursday, August 26th due to the potential for inclement weather. 

You can find important hurricane reminders and information on the Town's website: www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information. If any property owners or longterm residents do not currently have a disaster re-entry pass, please take the proper steps to get one from the Emerald Isle Police Department before a hurricane is heading toward the area. 

Don't forget, if you see standing water on a roadway, turn around - don't drown. 

You can sign up for emergency alerts through the Carteret County CodeRed system here: https://www.carteretcountync.gov/525/Emergency-Notification.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, July 8, 2021 6:27:00 AM Categories: News

No Trash Collection on July 8 

Simmons & Simmons will not collect trash on Thursday, July 8,  due to the potential for high winds from Tropical Storm Elsa. The regular trash collection schedule for ocean-side properties will resume on Friday, July 9. Sound-side trash collection will resume on Tuesday, July 13. 
 
You can find the latest information concerning Tropical Storm Elsa on the Town’s website at emeraldisle-nc.org, or on the Town's Facebook page.

You can also find important hurricane preparedness information on the Town's website under the "Live" tab. 

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:04:00 PM Categories: News

Tropical Storm Watch: Elsa Message No. 3 

July 7, 2021

Emerald Isle and Carteret County are currently under a Tropical Storm Watch related to Tropical Storm Elsa. 

The following information was released by the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City on Wednesday, July 7, 2021:

Tropical Storm Watches were expanded to include interior counties of Eastern NC with the 5 a.m. EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. The forecast still depicts TS Elsa approaching Eastern NC late tonight, moving through Central and Eastern NC on Thursday. No changes to potential impacts across Eastern NC - please review the full briefing.

  • Heavy rain with localized flash flooding is possible, with up to several inches of rain in heavier downpours.
  • Isolated severe thunderstorms including a few tornadoes are possible.
  • Gusty winds to tropical storm force may occur.
  • Strong winds may lead to minor water level rises up to 2 feet above ground for soundside portions of the Outer Banks, mainly north of Cape Hatteras.
  • High Surf with a High Risk for dangerous rip currents on Thursday, possibly lingering into Friday.

Feel free to follow the National Hurricane Center and our local Tropical Website.

The Town of Emerald Isle is monitoring the national, state and local weather forecasts. In the event that heavy rain and high winds reach our area, the Town staff is prepared to respond. Residents that are located in area prone to historic flooding should take precautions to protect personal property, by moving items to higher ground.  All local persons should remove and/or secure items that can be damaged by heavy winds, as they are expected in the area.

You can view hurricane preparation information here: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information.

 

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:10:00 AM Categories: News

Tropical Storm Elsa: Message No. 2 

July 6, 2021

The National Weather Service - Newport/Morehead City office released the following statement concerning Tropical Storm Elsa on the morning of Tuesday, July 6, 2021:

"The forecast from the National Hurricane Center for Tropical Storm Elsa has the storm weakening to a depression as it approaches and moves through Central and Eastern NC. However, this does not diminish some of the impacts that Eastern NC may experience Thursday into Thursday evening. 

Heavy rain with localized flash flooding is possible, with up to several inches of rain in heavier downpours. Isolated severe thunderstorms including a few tornadoes are possible. Gusty winds up to tropical storm strength may occur. Also, high surf and dangerous rip currents will be a threat. 

Feel free to follow the National Hurricane Center and our local Tropical Website."

The Town of Emerald Isle recommends being prepared for a named storm before it arrives in our area. You can find our 2021 Hurricane Preparedness videos, along with other storm information and advice on our website: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information.

 

Posted by Anna Smith Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:32:00 AM Categories: News

Tropical Storm Elsa: Message No. 1 

July 5, 2021

The following information was released by the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office on the morning of Monday, July 5, 2021, pertaining to Tropical Storm Elsa:

"Tropical Storm Elsa is still forecast to move northeastward, and pass over, or near, Eastern NC sometime Thursday (July 8). At a minimum, heavy rain with localized flash flooding is possible, along with some tropical storm force wind gusts, large waves, and dangerous rip currents. Depending on the exact track, isolated severe storms including tornadoes are possible. For the latest, refer to our local tropical page: https://www.weather.gov/mhx/Tropical."

The Town of Emerald Isle recommends being prepared for a named storm before it arrives in our area. You can find our 2021 Hurricane Preparedness videos, along with other storm information and advice on our website: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information.

 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, July 5, 2021 9:45:00 AM Categories: News

Fourth of July Messages from the Town of Emerald Isle 

The Town of Emerald Isle has two messages for residents and visitors spending their Fourth of July Weekend here.

The first message is from Mayor Eddie Barber:

The second message is from the Emerald Isle Fire and Police departments with holiday weekend safety advice and tips for fun celebrations that will protect you and your property. 

 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, July 2, 2021 8:29:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Tidings - July 2021 

Click below to view the Emerald Tidings - July 2021 edition: 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, July 1, 2021 1:25:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Youth Surfing Competition Series Underway 

The Emerald Isle Youth Surfing Competition Series is underway.
 
The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department, led by Alesia Sanderson, and the Central North Carolina/ Eastern Surfing Association, led by Tim Nixon and Wes Whitt, are pleased to sponsor the series again.
 
The series will take place on Tuesday, July 13 and Tuesday, August 3.It is held at the Western Ocean Regional Access and begins at 4:15 p.m. Make up dates will be held on the following day, Wednesdays, if need be.

This is a free event for novice surfers age 14 and under. Participants must know how to swim. 
 

Entry forms can be picked up and dropped off at the following locations: 
Atlantic Beach; Atlantic Beach Surf Shop, Bert's Surf Shop, and Marsh's Surf Shop.
Emerald Isle; Bert’s Surf Shop or South Swell Surf Shop, and at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. 

You can also find the form here.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, June 28, 2021 12:20:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle State of Emergency Rescinded 

As of June 10, 2021, the Town of Emerald Isle has rescinded the State of Emergency that was put in place in March 2020 as a result of Covid-19.

Please click here to view the proclamation by Mayor Eddie Barber that ended the State of Emergency. 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, June 21, 2021 4:50:00 PM Categories: News
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