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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

RED FLAG Conditions in Emerald Isle 


Public advised to stay out of ocean until further notice
(Posted Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 10:30 pm)

Red Flags in Place in Emerald Isle

Due to dangerous surf conditions in Emerald Isle and nearby areas, the public is advised to stay out of the ocean today.  The entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach in Emerald Isle are in the process of being marked with RED FLAGS, and these flags will remain in place until conditions improve.  

Red Flags Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will be monitoring conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will be 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 Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:44:00 AM Categories: News

Regional Beach Access Parking Fees Now Collected on Fridays 

 

For several years, the Town has collected a $10 per vehicle per day parking fee at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and the Western Ocean Regional Access facilities.  Parking fees are collected on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between 7 am and 4 pm, between mid-April and mid-September.

Beginning Friday, July 6, the Town will now begin charging the parking fees on Fridays also.  Free parking will continue to be available on Monday - Thursday at the two regional access facilities, and every day at the 3rd Street Park and Station Street Park.  Free parking is also available at the Town Government Complex on weekends.  

The Town expects to collect approximately $185,000 in regional access parking fees each year, and 100% of these funds are invested in these facilities and the public services provided at these facilities.  The parking fees enable the Town to provide a strong Police presence, provide lifeguard services, keep the facilities clean, and promote a family-friendly and quality beach visit experience for visitors to these facilities. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 29, 2018 5:02:00 PM Categories: News

Planning Underway for Islander Drive Streetscape Improvements, Western Ocean Regional Access Improvements 

 

Town officials are currently working with adjacent property owners on Islander Drive, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, and others to identify potential streetscape improvements along Islander Drive and potential improvements to the Western Ocean Regional Access.  These improvements will primarily be funded with proceeds from the sale of Town-owned land on Islander Drive and State grant funds.  

Potential improvements under consideration include the conversion of above-ground utilities to underground, additional on-street public parking, new street lighting, landscaping improvements, improved pedestrian access to the beach strand, bath house improvements, and other functional and attractive improvements.  The Town hopes to finalize the planned improvements later this summer, and construct the improvements this coming winter and spring, with completion prior to the 2019 tourism season. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 29, 2018 5:01:00 PM Categories: News

NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program Currently Being Developed; Town Seeks NC 58 Improvements to Promote More Efficient Traffic Flow 

 

The Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution requesting that NCDOT include beneficial traffic improvements at the 4 signalized intersections on NC 58 in the new 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  The resolution seeks NCDOT funding and construction of beneficial improvements that will improve traffic flow at the Coast Guard Road, Loon Drive (Emerald Plantation), Mangrove Drive (CVS), and Bogue Inlet Drive intersections. If these projects are included in the new STIP, NCDOT will conduct further analysis and solicit public input before determining the specific improvements at each location in the coming years. Potential improvements may ultimately include traffic signal improvements, additional turn lanes, additional through lanes, roundabout(s), and/or other beneficial improvements.  The Town's resolution also requests that NCDOT consider an elevated interchange at the NC 58 / NC 24 intersection on the mainland.

The Town occasionally receives concerns about peak season traffic congestion along NC 58, and has worked cooperatively with NCDOT over the years to make incremental improvements in the traffic flow.  It is important to note that the majority of people in Emerald Isle are opposed to the widening of NC 58 and the bridge because they believe it would dramatically change the character and small-town atmosphere that is so valued in Emerald Isle, and that it would also create a barrier between the oceanside and the soundside.  The Town's official policies reflect this concern, and therefore it is only possible to pursue smaller, incremental improvements (such as those described above) to improve traffic flow in Emerald Isle during peak periods.  It is also important to note that inclusion in the STIP is critical, as this is the vital first step in addressing traffic concerns at these locations.  If these projects are not included in the STIP for further analysis and evaluation, it is likely that no improvements would ever occur at these locations.

For a full discussion of this issue and the Town's formal request, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Memo-06-12-2018-Item-13 .  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, June 29, 2018 5:00:00 PM Categories: News
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