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Conditions Improving in Emerald Isle, But Moderate Rip Current Risk Remains - RED FLAGs Removed 

 

(Posted Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am)

FINALLY! Conditions Improving in Emerald Isle, But Moderate Rip Current Risk Remains

Town officials have completed local observations this morning, and are pleased to report gradually improving ocean conditions along Emerald Isle's ~ 12 miles of ocean beaches.  The public may resume normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle, however, the Town urges everyone to be cautious when playing in the ocean.  The National Weather Service has issued a moderate rip current warning for Emerald Isle.    

RED FLAGs Removed; YELLOW FLAG Conditions In Place

Town staff are in the process of removing the RED FLAGS this morning, and the Town is returning to YELLOW FLAG conditions.  YELLOW FLAG conditions are the Town's normal designation, as entering the ocean always involves some degree of risk.  The Town flies YELLOW FLAGs at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, Western Ocean Regional Access, at Bogue Inlet Pier, on Town ATVs, and at the two Fire Stations on NC 58, but does not fly the YELLOW FLAGs along the entire beach strand in the same locations as the RED FLAGs.    

BE SAFE!  Know What to Do in a Rip Current!

Although the RED FLAGs have been removed, and the public may again enjoy playing in the ocean, the Town continues to urge caution.  The ocean is among the most enjoyable places to play, but is also inherently dangerous, and everyone is encouraged to be aware of conditions, swim with a friend, remain vigilant in monitoring children, and know what to do if you are caught in a rip current!

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  

BE SAFE, and HAVE FUN!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, August 2, 2018 9:35:00 AM Categories: News

RED FLAGS Remain in Place - Dangerous Conditions Continue, Swimming Prohibited 

 

(Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am)

RED FLAGS Remain in Place

The National Weather Service has indicated a moderate rip current risk along most of the North Carolina coast, but conditions in Emerald Isle today remain dangerous.  Based on local observations, RED FLAGS remain in place in Emerald Isle.  RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Dangerous Conditions Continue, Swimming Prohibited

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place for more than a week, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water, and Town emergency personnel have responded to several water rescue calls in recent days.  These irresponsible individuals are putting themselves, other beach visitors who may be inclined to enter the water to assist them, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  Thus, the Town is hereby prohibiting swimming in the Atlantic Ocean in Emerald Isle, and violators may be cited.  This prohibition does not apply to individuals engaged in surfing or boating activities.    

RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant, Town Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve Soon

The Town hoped that conditions would have improved by now, but conditions remain dangerous in Emerald Isle.  The Town remains hopeful that conditions will improve soon, and urges patience on the part of all residents and visitors.  We understand the disappointment and frustration that these conditions create, but our first priority is public safety.  This disappointment and frustration is not worth your life or another individual's life.

Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and continue consulting the National Weather Service for guidance. Additional guidance will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  

PLEASE HEED THE WARNINGS, and BE SAFE!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, August 1, 2018 10:04:00 AM Categories: News

RED FLAGS Again Today - Public Still Advised to Stay Out of Ocean 

 

Town Remains Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve Soon

(Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 9:00 am)

RED FLAGS Again Today in Emerald Isle

The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today, and RED FLAGS remain in place. The public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice.  RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place for more than a week, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  

RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant, Town Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve Soon

The National Weather Service anticipates that conditions creating the high rip current risk may abate later this week.  The Town is hopeful that conditions will improve and allow a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle very soon.  Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service for guidance.

Additional guidance will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  Please be safe out there! 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

 
Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:41:00 AM Categories: News

RED FLAG Conditions Again Today - Public Again Advised to Stay Out of Ocean 

 

Town Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve By Mid-Week

(Posted Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 9:00 am)

RED FLAGS Remain in Place in Emerald Isle

The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today, and RED FLAGS remain in place. The public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice.  RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place for more than a week, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  

RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant, Town Hopeful That Conditions Will Improve By Mid-Week

The National Weather Service anticipates that conditions creating the high rip current risk may abate by mid-week.  The Town is hopeful that conditions will improve and allow a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle very soon.  Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service for guidance.

Additional guidance will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  Please be safe out there! 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 30, 2018 8:42:00 AM Categories: News

Public Again Advised to Stay Out of Ocean - RED FLAG Conditions Again Today 

 

(Posted Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am)

RED FLAGS Remain in Place in Emerald Isle

The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today, and Town staff have confirmed the dangerous conditions along Emerald Isle's ~ 12 miles of ocean beach. RED FLAGS remain in place today, and the public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice.  RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place since last Sunday, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  

RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  Please be safe out there! 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, July 29, 2018 8:57:00 AM Categories: News

Public Again Advised to Stay Out of Ocean - RED FLAG Conditions Again Today 

 

(Posted Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am)

RED FLAGS Remain in Place in Emerald Isle

The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today, and Town staff have confirmed the dangerous conditions along Emerald Isle's ~ 12 miles of ocean beach. RED FLAGS remain in place today, and the public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice.  RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place since last Sunday, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  

RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  Please be safe out there! 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:46:00 AM Categories: News

Public Again Advised to Stay Out of Ocean - RED FLAG Conditions Again Today 

 

(Posted Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am)

RED FLAGS Remain in Place in Emerald Isle

The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today, and Town staff have confirmed the dangerous conditions along Emerald Isle's ~ 12 miles of ocean beach. RED FLAGS remain in place today, and the public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice.  RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place since Sunday, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  

RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  Please be safe out there! 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, July 27, 2018 9:31:00 AM Categories: News

Dangerous Surf Conditions Again Today - RED FLAGS Remain in Place, 

Public Again Advised to Stay Out of Ocean

Additional Details - July 25 Water Rescues and Drowning

(Posted Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 10 am)

RED FLAGS Remain in Place in Emerald Isle

Although it's a beautiful, sunny morning, dangerous surf conditions continue to impact Emerald Isle.  The National Weather Service has indicated a high rip current risk in Emerald Isle again today.  

 

RED FLAGS remain in place along the Town's entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach, and the public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice.  Dangerous surf conditions are expected to persist throughout the day, and RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place since Sunday, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  

RED FLAGS Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Additional Details - July 25 Water Rescues and Drowning

The July 25 drowning victim is identified as Mr. Troy Everette Strickland, 41 years old, of Scotchburg, VA.  Mr. Strickland had been visiting Emerald Isle all week, and was staying at The Islander Hotel located on the oceanfront near the drowning incident.  Mr. Strickland's wife indicated that he entered the water to attempt to offer assistance to a person in distress in the ocean in the 9000 block of Emerald Isle.  The entire Town of Emerald Isle organization extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. Strickland's wife, family, and friends, and offers heartfelt prayers as they heal from this tragedy. 

Despite the RED FLAG warnings, numerous individuals entered the ocean yesterday, and water rescue personnel (Fire Department and Lifeguards) responded to 6 different water rescue calls in the early afternoon hours, with the two most serious calls occurring only 6 minutes apart and nearly 2 miles apart at 2:18 pm and 2:24 pm.  In total, Fire Department and Lifeguard personnel rescued a total of 20 people involved in these 6 calls.  In addition to Mr. Strickland, a total of 6 other individuals were transported via ambulance to the hospital, and, fortunately, all are expected to recover from these incidents.  The Town of Emerald Isle was fortunate to receive mutual aid assistance from Western Carteret Fire & EMS, Broad & Gales Creek Fire & EMS, Pine Knoll Shores Fire & EMS, Atlantic Beach Fire & EMS, and Indian Beach Fire & EMS.  The Town of Emerald Isle greatly appreciates the timely and professional assistance from all water rescue and EMS personnel.  Helpful bystanders on the beach also assisted in the rescue of several other individuals, and their assistance is greatly appreciated.     

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety .  Please be safe out there! 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:27:00 AM Categories: News

Confirmed Drowning in Emerald Isle This Afternoon - Dangerous Surf Conditions Continue 

RED FLAGs Remain in Place,&
Public Again Advised to Stay Out of Ocean
(Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm)

Confirmed Drowning in Emerald Isle This Afternoon

Town officials have confirmed a drowning this afternoon in Emerald Isle.  More details about this incident will be released as they become available. 

The 41-year old male was recovered from the ocean in the 9000 block of Emerald Isle at approximately 2:30 pm today, but, unfortunately, efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.  

The Town extends its deepest condolences to his family, and is working to assist the family at this difficult time. 

Red Flags Remain in Place in Emerald Isle

Dangerous surf conditions continue in Emerald Isle, and RED FLAGS remain in place along the Town's entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach.  As has been the case since Sunday, the public is again advised to stay out of the ocean until further notice.  Dangerous surf conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, and RED FLAGS will remain in place until conditions improve.

Despite the fact that the RED FLAGS have been in place all week, some individuals still choose to enter the ocean water.  Town and other area emergency personnel were dispatched to 4 water rescue calls within less than one hour this afternoon, involving several individuals, due to people ignoring these warnings.  PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN, as you are putting yourself, others, and our emergency personnel at risk unnecessarily.  

Red Flags Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will continue to monitor conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will continue consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.  

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), and via text message alerts - sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications .

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety . 

PLEASE BE SAFE!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:29:00 PM Categories: News

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Offers New Online Outage Map 

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative has developed a new online outage map (outage.carteretcraven.coop/). The map uses data from their Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters, their substation monitoring system, as well as consumer calls and reports, to show the location of outages in their system.

The map is a valuable tool for the co-op and its members, media organizations, local governments, schools, and emergency management and law enforcement agencies.

It also is designed to reduce calls to their call center during outage events. The map updates every five minutes and includes number of outages, number of consumers affected, cause of outage (when known), and estimated restoration time.­

It is particularly useful during widespread outages, like those experienced during hurricanes and other severe weather events.

(NOTE: Except for major outages, weekend outage mapping will not be available until Sept. 1).

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 24, 2018 3:42:00 PM Categories: News
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