Hurricane Florence is a Serious Threat to Emerald Isle
Town officials have been monitoring Hurricane Florence since last week, and continue to monitor the storm, which is currently located approximately 1,250 miles southeast of Emerald Isle. Hurricane Florence is currently forecast to make landfall near Wilmington, NC sometime late Thursday night, and is currently forecast to be a very powerful Category 4 storm at landfall. The exact storm track is likely to change, however, and it is still possible that Emerald Isle will receive a direct hit. Everyone should be monitoring Florence now and making plans to keep your family safe during the storm.
Town officials will be meeting often over the next few days to determine the most appropriate guidance to our residents, property owners, and visitors. Additional information will be forthcoming via the Town's numerous digital platforms noted below, so please stay tuned.
Emerald Isle Bridge Will Remain OPEN Until an Evacuation Order and Curfew Has Been Implemented
Contrary to popular belief, the Emerald Isle bridge (NC 58) does not close at any set wind speed. The bridge will remain open until such time that the Town has implemented a formal evacuation order and Town-wide curfew, at which time travel into and out of Emerald Isle will be prohibited until further notice.
Now is the time to begin planning for Hurricane Florence. For helpful information, please visit:
Make Sure You Have Your Hurricane Re-Entry Permit Now
All Emerald Isle property owners have previously been issued hurricane re-entry permits, either from the Town or from the previous property owner. These permits are available to residents and property owners ONLY, and will be used if it is necessary to limit access to the island after a storm event.
Please check to make sure you have your hurricane re-entry permit now, and store it in the vehicle you intend to use to return to Emerald Isle. If you need a replacement permit, please visit the Town Administration Building during normal business hours to secure a new permit. The cost of a replacement permit is $25.
Please do not wait until the last minute to secure your re-entry permit, as it may be necessary to close the Town Administration Building at some point before the storm impacts Emerald Isle. Town staff will be incredibly busy leading up to the storm, so please don't wait until the last minute.
For more information about re-entry passes, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/re-entrypermitspolicy.pdf .
The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.
The Town will provide additional updates on Hurricane Florence often (as warranted) in the coming days. To receive the most current information from the Town of Emerald Isle, please:
- visit the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ,
- check the Town's Facebook page at Town of Emerald Isle, NC,
- follow the Town's Twitter feed: @townemeraldisle,
- sign up for the Town's email newsletter at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications ,
- sign up for text message alerts at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications , and/or
- download the Emerald Isle APP at Google Play and The APP Store (search for "emerald isle nc") and enable "push" notifications.