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SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS FROM FLORENCE IN EMERALD ISLE - Update #10 - Friday, Sept 14 - 11 am 

 

Florence on Land

Hurricane Florence made landfall south of Wilmington earlier this morning, and continues to move west toward South Carolina.  In Emerald Isle, we continue to experience tropical storm force winds, with occasional gusts in the 50 - 60 mph range.  Tropical storm force winds are expected for the rest of Friday.  The Town has recorded in excess of 11 inches of rain at the Town Government complex thus far, with locally higher amounts likely in some areas of Emerald Isle.  Additional rain is expected for several more hours.   

Significant Impacts in Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle was under hurricane-force winds almost all of last night, with significant rainfall, and high tide occurred at 11:21 pm last night.  The combination of these forces has resulted in significant impacts overnight, and the entire Emerald Isle community has a lot of hard work in front of us in the coming days.  

  • Power is out everywhere in Emerald Isle, and it is likely to be several days before it is fully restored.  Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is already dispatching crews to Emerald Isle this morning.  To view a real-time map of power outages in the CCEC service area, please visit http://outage.carteretcraven.coop/ .  
  • Most homes have relatively minor shingle and/or siding damage.  There are also several homes with blown out windows and doors, several homes with damage from falling trees, and a very small number of homes with significant structural damage that are not habitable.  It is also likely that many homes have suffered some degree of rainwater intrusion that is not visible from the outside.  A full and complete damage assessment is underway, and the Town will be able to provide more specific details later this weekend.
  • There is significant tree damage in Emerald Isle, with several roads completely blocked. Town crews have already cleared multiple large trees from Coast Guard Road to make it passable, and are working to ensure that all other neighborhoods have at least one passable access route.  Town staff will be working continuously on this effort.
  • The Town previously awarded pre-positioned vegetative debris contracts, and will be activating these contracts as soon as possible to begin the removal of the significant volume of tree debris.  We plan to begin collection efforts early next week.  
  • The Town experienced significant soundside flooding, and low-lying homes on the soundfront have water in lower levels.  Due to high water levels in Bogue Sound, which is still covering many piers, it has not been possible to determine the extent of soundside pier damage.  
  • The Town appears to have sustained significant beach erosion, and has lost most of the initial frontal dunes.  Fortunately, there are no known dune breaches, and the Town's extensive system of dunes, promoted by significant beach nourishment efforts in the past, appears to have effectively protected the oceanfront structures and infrastructure. The Town's beach surveying contractors will be on the beach this weekend to fully document the extent of beach erosion. 
  • Many beach access walkways remain intact, however, many in eastern Emerald Isle are damaged to the point that it will not be possible to access the beach strand in these areas until new walkway steps are constructed. 
  • Bogue Inlet Pier is mostly intact, with only a couple of small sections missing from the pier. The main observation deck at the end is still intact.

It is important to note that Hurricane Florence continues to impact Emerald Isle, and the assessment described above was limited to visible impacts earlier this morning.  The Town will continue to update the extent of these impacts in future updates in the coming hours and days. 

Although the impacts in Emerald Isle are significant, overall the Town is BLESSED that the impacts are not worse.  Fortunately, the intensity of Florence diminished greatly before it reached Emerald Isle, and our community could be facing much, much worse.

 

 

 

 

 

Emerald Isle Bridge Will Remain Closed on Friday, and Likely Beyond

It is not yet safe for property owners or the general public to return to Emerald Isle, and it may take several days to make it safe.  The Emerald Isle bridge will remain closed until further notice, and no one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice.  

The Emerald Isle bridge will NOT OPEN on Friday, and future decisions will be made on a day-to-day basis depending on conditions on the ground. 

The Town remains under a Town-wide curfew, and the curfew will remain in effect until it is safe for the public to travel around Emerald Isle.    

The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public.  Public safety is the Town's top priority.  Information about the bridge and the curfew will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below as soon as these decisions are made.  

All of us at the Town understand everyone's concerns about their property and your desire to return to Emerald Isle as soon as possible, and all of us are working as hard as we possibly can to allow you to do that safely.  We thank you for your patience and your understanding as we work to ensure your safety and the safety of others.  Nice Matters!

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

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.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 14, 2018 11:22:00 AM Categories: News

WORST OF FLORENCE LIKELY OVER, BUT STILL SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS - Update #9 - Friday, Sept 14 - 5:30 am 

 

Eye of Florence Has Moved West of Emerald Isle

As of 5 am, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 60 miles southwest of Emerald Isle, and is preparing to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach at around 9 am.  The Category 1 storm currently has maximum winds of 90 mph and is moving west at 6 mph. 

Emerald Isle has experienced hurricane-force wind gusts all night long, with conditions seemingly the worst between midnight and 3 am.  Winds are still gusting hard, but it seems to have lessened over the past two hours.  Heavy rainfall continues.   A temporary gauge installed on the Emerald Isle bridge by the USGS indicates a high wind gust of 80 mph, and a gust of 81 mph was recorded at Fire Station 1.      

Conditions are expected to slowly improve in Emerald Isle, however, tropical storm force winds are expected all day long on Friday, along with continuing rainfall.  

 

Damage Uncertain As of 5:30 am, Town Personnel Will Provide Preliminary Update Later on Friday Morning

As of 8 pm last night, damage in Emerald Isle was relatively minor, with minor shingle and vinyl siding damage observed, along with several downed trees.  However, the highest winds began around that time, and it has not been possible to make good observations in the darkness.  Town personnel will provide a preliminary update on damage on Friday morning as conditions permit.  

Power Out Everywhere in Emerald Isle

Power is out everywhere in Emerald Isle due to Hurricane Florence, and there are now approximately 40,000 customers of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) without power. To view a real-time map of power outages in the CCEC service area, please visit http://outage.carteretcraven.coop/ .  

Emerald Isle Bridge Will Remain Closed, Curfew Will Remain In Effect

Emerald Isle remains under a Town-wide curfew, and the Emerald Isle bridge remains closed. No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice.  The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice. During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and make decisions based on public safety.  Because Florence is expected to continue to impact Emerald Isle all day Friday and into Saturday, it is likely that the bridge will remain closed and the curfew will remain in effect until at least Saturday, if not longer.
 

The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town. This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, September 14, 2018 5:33:00 AM Categories: News

FLORENCE BRINGING HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN - Update #8 - Thursday, Sept 13 - 11:30 pm 

 

Hurricane Force Winds in EI For Last 4 Hours, Expected to Continue All Night 

As of 11 pm, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 45 miles south of Emerald Isle.  The Category 2 storm currently has maximum winds of 90 mph and is moving west-northwest at 6 mph.  

Emerald Isle has experienced hurricane-force wind gusts for the past 4 hours, along with heavy rain bands.  The highest wind gust recorded at Fire Station 1 thus far is 81 mph.  Emerald Isle has received approximately 6 inches of rain thus far from Florence.    

Florence is now forecast to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach tomorrow morning around 10 am with winds of 85 mph.  The eye of Florence should make its closest pass to Emerald Isle at around 2 am, coming within 40 miles of Emerald Isle.  

Hurricane force winds are expected to continue all night, and begin to decrease late Friday morning.      

Damage Uncertain As of 11:30 pm

As of 8 pm, damage in Emerald Isle was relatively minor, with minor shingle and vinyl siding damage observed, along with several downed trees.  However, the highest winds began around that time, and it has not been possible to make good observations in the darkness.  Town personnel will provide a preliminary update on damage on Friday morning as conditions permit.  

Power Out Throughout Emerald Isle

Power is believed to be out everywhere in Emerald Isle due to Hurricane Florence, and there are now approximately 40,000 customers of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) without power. To view a real-time map of power outages in the CCEC service area, please visit http://outage.carteretcraven.coop/ .  

Emerald Isle Bridge Will Remain Closed, Curfew Will Remain In Effect

Emerald Isle remains under a Town-wide curfew, and the Emerald Isle bridge remains closed. No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice.  The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice. During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and

 make decisions based on public safety.  Because Florence is expected to continue to impact Emerald Isle all day Friday and into Saturday, it is likely that the bridge will remain closed and the curfew will remain in effect until at least Saturday, if not longer.

The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town. This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Important Info - Town Facilities and Services 

All Town facilities are closed until further notice.  Police, Fire, and EMS services will continue to be provided as long as they can respond safely, however, individuals remaining in Emerald Isle must realize that emergency personnel may not respond during the height of the storm's impacts or if damage makes it impossible for them to reach you.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:30:00 PM Categories: News

FLORENCE IMPACTING EMERALD ISLE - Update #7 - Thursday, Sept 13 - 5:30 pm 

 

Eye of Florence Now Approximately 80 Miles South-Southeast of Emerald Isle 

As of 5 pm, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 80 miles south-southeast of Emerald Isle.  The Category 2 storm currently has maximum winds of 100 mph and is moving west-northwest at 5 mph.  In Emerald Isle, winds are generally steady in the 30 - 40 mph range, with gusts in the 60 mph+ range.  Emerald Isle has received about 2 inches of rain thus far from Florence.    

Florence is currently forecast to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach tomorrow morning around 8 am with winds of 90 mph.  The projected maximum sustained winds continue to decrease with each forecast, and we are hopeful that Florence will continue to weaken as it moves closer to Emerald Isle.  The eye of Florence is still forecast to pass approximately 40 miles due south of Emerald Isle at approximately midnight tonight.    

Tropical storm force winds are currently occurring in Emerald Isle, and are expected to continue into Saturday morning.  Hurricane force winds are expected to begin in Emerald Isle around 7 pm this evening, and continue into early Friday afternoon.    

Minimal Damage Thus Far from Florence

Fortunately, there are no reports of significant damage to structures thus far, with a few trees down here and there.  The water levels on the beach and in Bogue Sound are very high.  There are no known dune breaches, but the ocean is covering the flat beach strand.  Bogue Sound has risen into some low lying soundfront areas.  Archers Creek is rising, and is nearly over Lee Avenue.  We expect even higher water levels as the center of Florence passes closer to Emerald Isle, and Florence's closest position will likely occur very near high tide tonight (11:21 pm).  

 

 

 

 

Many Power Outages in Emerald Isle

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative offers a real-time map of power outages in Carteret County, and it can be viewed at  http://outage.carteretcraven.coop/ .  As of 5 pm, according to the map, it appears that more than 2/3 of the homes in Emerald Isle are without power.  Carteret-Craven crews will be working hard after the storm to restore power as quickly as possible.

Emerald Isle Bridge Is Closed, Curfew In Effect

Due to the significant danger posed by Florence, Emerald Isle is under a curfew, and the Emerald Isle bridge is closed.  No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice.  The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice. During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and make decisions based on public safety.  Due to the fact that Florence is expected to stall somewhat, and the projected significant impacts on Emerald Isle on both Thursday and Friday, it is possible that the bridge will be closed for multiple days, and perhaps longer depending on the impacts on the ground.  

The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town.  This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Important Info - Town Facilities and Services 

All Town facilities are closed until further notice.  Police, Fire, and EMS services will continue to be provided as long as they can respond safely, however, individuals remaining in Emerald Isle must realize that emergency personnel may not respond during the height of the storm's impacts or if damage makes it impossible for them to reach you.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:34:00 PM Categories: News

HURRICANE FLORENCE MAKING ITS WAY TOWARD EMERALD ISLE - Update #6 - Thursday, Sept 13 - 11:30 am 

 

Florence Impacting Emerald Isle

As of 11 am, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 120 miles due southeast of Emerald Isle.  The Category 2 storm currently has maximum winds of 105 mph and is moving northwest at 10 mph.  Winds in Emerald Isle are currently highly variable, however, a gust of 63 mph was recorded at Fire Station 2 not long ago.  The first rain bands have come ashore, and Emerald Isle has already received anywhere from 0.6 inches to 1.6 inches, depending on location.  

Florence is currently forecast to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach tomorrow morning around 7 am with winds of 105 mph, which means Emerald Isle would be in the most dangerous northeast quadrant.  The eye of Florence is currently forecast to pass approximately 40 miles due south of Emerald Isle at approximately midnight tonight.    

Tropical storm force winds are currently occurring in Emerald Isle, and are expected to continue into early Saturday morning.  Hurricane force winds are expected to begin in Emerald Isle around 7 pm this evening, and continue into late Friday morning.  

Significant wind, storm surge, and rainfall are expected in Emerald Isle, and the initial rain bands are closing in on Emerald Isle.  Hurricane force winds, storm surge of up to 13 feet, and rainfall totals up to 30 inches are forecast, and specific impacts will depend on exactly where Florence makes landfall, where it goes after, and how fast it moves.   

Mandatory Evacuation Order in Effect

Emerald Isle is under a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER, and everyone should have already left Emerald Isle or should be sheltered in place.  

Emerald Isle Bridge Is Closed, Curfew In Effect

Due to the significant danger posed by Florence, Emerald Isle is under a curfew, and the Emerald Isle bridge is closed.  No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice.  The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice. During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and make decisions based on public safety.  Due to the fact that Florence is expected to stall somewhat, and the projected significant impacts on Emerald Isle on both Thursday and Friday, it is possible that the bridge will be closed for multiple days, and perhaps longer depending on the impacts on the ground.  

The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town.  This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Important Info - Town Facilities and Services 

All Town facilities are closed until further notice.  Police, Fire, and EMS services will continue to be provided as long as they can respond safely, however, individuals remaining in Emerald Isle must realize that emergency personnel may not respond during the height of the storm's impacts or if damage makes it impossible for them to reach you.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:23:00 AM Categories: News

HURRICANE FLORENCE NEARING EMERALD ISLE - Update #5 - Thursday, Sept 13 - 6 am 

 

Florence Approaching, Winds Expected To Pick Up This Morning

As of 5 am, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 185 miles due southeast of Emerald Isle.  The Category 2 storm currently has maximum winds of 110 mph and is moving northwest at 15 mph.  Winds in Emerald Isle are currently 15 mph +/-, and rainfall has not yet begun.

Florence is currently forecast to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach tomorrow morning around 5 am with winds of 105 mph, which means Emerald Isle would be in the most dangerous northeast quadrant.  The eye of Florence is currently forecast to pass approximately 40 miles due south of Emerald Isle at approximately 9 pm Thursday.   

Tropical storm force winds are expected to begin in Emerald Isle by mid-morning, and continue into early Saturday morning.  Hurricane force winds are expected to begin in Emerald Isle late this afternoon, and continue into late Friday morning.  

Significant wind, storm surge, and rainfall are expected in Emerald Isle, and the initial rain bands are closing in on Emerald Isle.  Hurricane force winds, storm surge of up to 13 feet, and rainfall totals up to 30 inches are forecast, and specific impacts will depend on exactly where Florence makes landfall, where it goes after, and how fast it moves.  Florence is expected to slow down and continue to impact Emerald Isle all day Friday and into Saturday.  

Mandatory Evacuation Order in Effect

Emerald Isle is under a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER, and everyone should have already left Emerald Isle or should be sheltered in place.  

Emerald Isle Bridge Will Close at 7 am on Thursday, Curfew In Effect

Due to the significant danger posed by Florence, Emerald Isle will be under a curfew beginning at 7 am this morning.  The Emerald Isle bridge will be closed at that time.  No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle after 7 am today until further notice.

  The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice. During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and make decisions based on public safety.  Due to the fact that Florence is expected to stall somewhat, and the projected significant impacts on Emerald Isle on both Thursday and Friday, it is possible that the bridge will be closed for multiple days, and perhaps longer depending on the impacts on the ground.  

The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town.  This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Important Info - Town Facilities and Services 

All Town facilities are closed until further notice.  Police, Fire, and EMS services will continue to be provided as long as they can respond safely, however, individuals remaining in Emerald Isle must realize that emergency personnel may not respond during the height of the storm's impacts or if damage makes it impossible for them to reach you.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:56:00 AM Categories: News

HURRICANE FLORENCE PATH STILL UNCERTAIN, Remains a Significant Threat to Emerald Isle - Update #4 - Wednesday, Sept 12 - 1 pm 

 

Latest Forecast Track Moves Florence Slightly South, But Path Remains Highly Uncertain; Significant Impacts Still Anticipated in Emerald Isle

As of 11 am, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 470 miles southeast of Emerald Isle.  The Category 4 storm currently has maximum winds of 130 mph, and is moving west-northwest at 15 mph.  Florence is expected to strengthen, and winds are expected to reach 145 mph on Thursday.  

The latest forecast track moves Hurricane Florence slightly south of Cape Fear, with a more westerly movement thereafter before projected landfall near Myrtle Beach on Saturday afternoon. Although this forecast track will slightly lessen the impacts in Emerald Isle, the impacts will still be significant in terms of wind, storm surge, and rainfall.  According to the current forecast track, Florence is projected to be just 80 miles due south of Emerald Isle on Thursday night, with winds of 140 mph projected at that time.  Most importantly, with Florence still 36+ hours from the North Carolina coast, any slight deviation from the current forecast track can result in landfall directly in or near Emerald Isle, with potentially devastating impacts.     

Even according to the latest forecast track (that projects landfall south of Cape Fear), the impacts on Emerald Isle will be significant.  Emerald Isle is still anticipating tropical storm force winds for much of Thursday, and hurricane force winds for much of Friday.  Significant rainfall is anticipated, with 20 - 30 inches of rainfall possible, regardless of track.  A storm surge of 9 - 13 feet is possible, and there is potential for dune breaches and soundside flooding in all waterfront areas of Emerald Isle.  These threats are very real, and should be taken very seriously! 

Mandatory Evacuation Order in Effect

Emerald Isle is under a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER, and everyone should be leaving Emerald Isle now.   All residents, property owners, and visitors are advised to evacuate Emerald Isle no later than 8 pm today. 

Emerald Isle Bridge Will Still Close at 7 am on Thursday, Curfew In Effect

Because of the uncertainty of the forecast track and the projected tropical storm-force winds, Emerald Isle will still be under a curfew beginning at 7 am on Thursday, September 13.  The Emerald Isle bridge will be closed at that time.  No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle after 7 am on Thursday, until further notice.

The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice.  During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and make decisions based on public safety.  Due to the fact that Florence is expected to stall somewhat, and the projected significant impacts on Emerald Isle on both Thursday and Friday, it is possible that the bridge will be closed for multiple days, and perhaps longer depending on the impacts on the ground.  The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town.  This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Important Helpful Information

Medically-fragile citizens should contact the Carteret County Emergency Management Office at 252-222-5841 or Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249 immediately to arrange helpful assistance.  

Carteret County will open a public shelter at Newport Middle School (500 East Chatham St., Newport) at 5 pm today.  For more details, please visit  http://www.carteretcountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5153/CC-Shelter-Opening-Press-Release

Carteret County, thanks to the hospitality of Wake County, has also established an inland shelter for Carteret County residents in Knightdale, NC.  The shelter is located at Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545.  

Please turn off LP gas tanks, water valves, and water and electrical connections to piers before you leave Emerald Isle!

Important Info - Town Facilities and Services 

The Town Administration Building will be open until 5 pm today, and will be closed on Thursday until further notice.  

The Community Center is closed until further notice.

Trash will not be collected on Thursday or Friday. 

The Day4Kids event scheduled for Saturday, September 15 has been cancelled.  

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:29:00 PM Categories: News

DANGEROUS HURRICANE FLORENCE APPROACHING EMERALD ISLE Update #3 - Tuesday, Sept 11 - 1 pm 

 

Current Status / Forecast for Hurricane Florence

As of 11 am, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 885 miles southeast of Emerald Isle.  The Category 4 storm currently has maximum winds of 130 mph, and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph.  Florence is expected to strengthen, and winds are expected to reach 150 mph on Wednesday.  Hurricane Florence is a potentially life-threatening storm, and Emerald Isle is likely to receive significant impacts - in terms of wind, storm surge, and rainfall.  

Florence is currently projected to make landfall on Topsail Island early Friday afternoon as a very dangerous storm.  Under the current forecast track, tropical storm force winds are expected to begin in Emerald Isle sometime on Thursday morning, and the storm is expected to actively impact Emerald Isle on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  

Aside from the near-certainty that it will make landfall somewhere on the North Carolina coast, the exact track of Florence is still highly uncertain.  The current forecast track projects landfall at Topsail Island, which is among the worst possible scenarios for Emerald Isle as it puts us in the most dangerous, northeast quadrant.  The exact track of Florence will most likely be slightly adjusted several times over the next 60 - 72 hours, and the exact track will determine where and when the most significant impacts occur along the North Carolina coast.

If Hurricane Florence follows the current forecast track and intensity, the impacts are projected to be worse than anything Emerald Isle has experienced in at least the last 20 years, if not longer. The Town urges all of our residents, property owners, and visitors to take Florence extremely seriously and plan accordingly

Additional updates will be provided often via the Town's digital platforms listed below. Please stay informed!

Mandatory Evacuation Order in Effect

Emerald Isle is under a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER, and everyone should be making plans to leave Emerald Isle now.   All residents, property owners, and visitors are advised to evacuate Emerald Isle no later than 8 pm on Wednesday, September 12. 

Emerald Isle Bridge Will Close at 7 am on Thursday, Curfew In Effect

Emerald Isle will be under a curfew beginning at 7 am on Thursday, September 13, and the Emerald Isle bridge will be closed at that time.  No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle after 7 am on Thursday, until further notice.

The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice.  During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and make decisions based on public safety.  Based on the best information currently available, it is likely that the bridge will be closed for multiple days, and perhaps longer depending on the impacts on the ground.  The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town.  This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Important Helpful Information

Medically-fragile citizens should contact the Carteret County Emergency Management Office at 252-222-5841 or Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249 to arrange helpful assistance.  

Carteret County, thanks to the hospitality of Wake County, has established an inland shelter for Carteret County residents in Knightdale, NC.  The shelter is located at Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545.  

Please turn off LP gas tanks, water valves, and water and electrical connections to piers before you leave Emerald Isle!

Board of Commissioners Meeting Cancelled Tonight

Due to the need for everyone in Emerald Isle to evacuate, the regularly scheduled meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners has been cancelled. 

Important Info - Town Facilities and Services 

Town staff are working hard to collect all yard debris before Florence impacts Emerald Isle on Thursday.  Please do not put any new yard debris out, as it will likely not be collected.

Town staff are working hard to collect old appliances scheduled for collection this Friday.  Please do not put any new appliances out, as they will not be collected. 

Recycling will be collected Town-wide on Wednesday according to the normal schedule.  No trash will be collected on Thursday or Friday. Please make sure you secure your solid waste containers in a safe location. 

The Town Administration Building will be open until 5 pm on Tuesday and normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm) on Wednesday (with a very limited staff).  Town offices will be closed on Thursday until further notice. 

All Town park facilities will close at 3 pm today. 

The Community Center will be open normal business hours on Tuesday (8 am - 9 pm), but will NOT OPEN on Wednesday.  The Community Center will be closed on Wednesday until further notice.  All children's programs, special classes, and events are cancelled. 

The Day4Kids event scheduled for Saturday, September 15 has been cancelled.  

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 the Town Administration Building will close on Wednesday at 5 pm.  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 .

Be Prepared!

Now is the time to plan for Hurricane Florence. For helpful information, please visit:

https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information .

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, September 11, 2018 1:28:00 PM Categories: News

MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for Hurricane Florence - Update #2 - Monday, September 10 - 6 pm 

 

Mayor Barber Declares State of Emergency, Issues Evacuation Order

Mayor Barber has declared a State of Emergency in Emerald Isle, effective at 2 pm today.  In concert with Carteret County and all municipalities in the County, Mayor Barber has also issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for Emerald Isle beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 11.  All residents, property owners, and visitors are advised to evacuate Emerald Isle no later than 8 pm on Wednesday, September 12. Hurricane Florence will bring potentially life-threatening conditions to much of the Carolinas, including Emerald Isle, beginning on Thursday, and the storm's direct impacts are expected to continue through Saturday.  

If Hurricane Florence follows the current forecast track and intensity, the impacts are projected to be worse than anything Emerald Isle has experienced in at least the last 20 years, if not longer. The Town urges all of our residents, property owners, and visitors to take Florence extremely seriously and plan accordingly. 

Emerald Isle Bridge Will Close at 7 am on Thursday, Curfew In Effect

Emerald Isle will be under a curfew beginning at 7 am on Thursday, September 13, and the Emerald Isle bridge will be closed at that time.  No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle after 7 am on Thursday, until further notice.

The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of Hurricane Florence, until further notice.  During the curfew, it is illegal for anyone to leave their own property and travel anywhere within Emerald Isle.

After the storm ends, Town officials will assess the conditions in Emerald Isle and make decisions based on public safety.  Based on the best information currently available, it is likely that the bridge will be closed for multiple days, and perhaps longer depending on the impacts on the ground.  The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for property owners, residents, and the general public to enter the Town.  This information will be disseminated on the Town's various digital platforms listed below when these decisions have been made.  

Current Status / Forecast for Hurricane Florence

As of 5 pm, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 1,150 miles southeast of Emerald Isle.  The storm currently has maximum winds of 140 mph, and is moving west at 13 mph.  Florence is currently projected to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach at approximately 7 pm on Thursday as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds.  Under the current forecast track, tropical storm force winds are expected to begin in Emerald Isle sometime on Thursday morning, and the storm is expected to actively impact Emerald Isle on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  

Please note that even minor deviations in the storm track and intensity could result in devastating impacts in Emerald Isle, so please plan accordingly.  The exact track of Florence will most likely be slightly adjusted over the next 72 hours, and the exact track will likely determine where and when the most significant impacts occur along the North Carolina coast.

Additional updates will be provided often via the Town's digital platforms listed below. Please stay informed!

Town Facilities and Services Schedule

Trash will be collected on the soundside on Tuesday according to the normal schedule. Recycling will be collected Town-wide on Wednesday according to the normal schedule.  No trash will be collected on Thursday or Friday. Please make sure you secure your solid waste containers in a safe location. 

The Town Administration Building will be open normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm) on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Town offices will be closed on Thursday until further notice. 

The Community Center will be open normal business hours on Tuesday (8 am - 9 pm), but will close at 5 pm on Wednesday (open 8 am - 5 pm).  The Community Center will be closed on Thursday until further notice.

The regular meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners, scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 at 6 pm, has been cancelled.  

Be Prepared!

Now is the time to plan for Hurricane Florence. For helpful information, please visit:

https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information .

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 the Town Administration Building will close on Wednesday at 5 pm.  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 .

Stay Informed!

The Town works hard to keep our residents, property owners, and visitors well-informed, and offers several platforms.

The Town will provide frequent additional updates on Hurricane Florence (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.

 

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, September 10, 2018 6:13:00 PM Categories: News

Town Officials Closely Monitoring Hurricane Florence - Monday, Sept 10 - 7:30 am 

 

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. 

Be Prepared!

Now is the time to begin planning for Hurricane Florence. For helpful information, please visit:

https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information .

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 .

Stay Informed!

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.

Stay safe!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, September 10, 2018 8:13:00 AM Categories: News
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