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STEADY PROGRESS ON RECOVERY EFFORTS - Update #16 - Monday, Sept 17 - 2 pm 

 

Access to Emerald Isle for RE-ENTRY PERMIT Holders ONLY - 8 am - 8 pm Daily

The Emerald Isle bridge is open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT holders ONLY from 8 am - 8 pm daily, until further notice.  Individuals without a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed through the checkpoint.  

Individuals with a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit may come and go, to and from the island, between 8 am and 8 pm only.  Re-entry permit holders may also spend the night on their property in Emerald Isle, however, a Town-wide curfew is in effect from 8 pm - 8 am.  It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.  

To proceed through the checkpoint, you must display your official re-entry permit.  No other forms of identification will be accepted to gain entry.  If you do not have a re-entry permit, you will not be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and you will need to wait until the bridge is opened for the general public later this week. 

Emerald Isle Bridge Remains Closed to General Public, Decision to Reopen to Everyone Will Be Day-To-Day

Individuals who do not have an Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice. The Town continues to work hard to address storm-related issues, and a decision on allowing the general public to re-enter Emerald Isle will be made on a day-to-day basis.  The Town is hopeful that the bridge will reopen to the general public within the next couple days.   

Power Slowly Coming Back On in Various Areas

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is initially focused on restoring power on main transmission lines on NC 58 and Coast Guard Road, and some areas along these lines are slowly having power restored.  

Power has been restored to many areas immediately adjacent to NC 58 between the Indian Beach town limits and Coast Guard Road, with intermittent gaps in service.  Power has also been restored along approximately 1 mile of Coast Guard Road, and to some neighborhoods located off of Coast Guard Road between Deer Horn Dunes and Dolphin Ridge.    

Upon restoration of the main transmission lines, it is possible that portions of nearby neighborhoods will also come on at the same time, however, other electric system failures in nearby neighborhoods may still need to be addressed before power is fully restored in that neighborhood.  Power crews will begin branching out into these other areas to address these issues after the main transmission lines are restored. 

The Town remains hopeful that power will be restored to the entire Town within the next few days, however, individuals returning to Emerald Isle should recognize that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle when you return.  Please plan accordingly. 

Town's Current Top Priority is To Clear Storm Water That Limits Vehicle Access West of Dolphin Ridge on Coast Guard Road

Due to significant storm water flooding, it is still not possible for most vehicles to access subdivisions located west of Dolphin Ridge along Coast Guard Road (Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, Point Emerald Villas, Wyndtree, and The Pointe).  Residents are permitted to park vehicles and walk to these areas along the beach.

After delivery delays due to inland flooding concerns, the Town has just taken delivery of several large portable storm water pumps.  These pumps will be deployed to this area, which is currently the Town's highest priority storm water issue.  We are hopeful that water levels can be lowered such that this area becomes accessible for more vehicles as soon as possible. 

This section of Coast Guard Road is currently barely passable for high-clearance pickup trucks, and Town staff are traveling through this area to attempt to address various storm water issues further west. 

Local Businesses Beginning to Open

As power is gradually restored, critical local businesses are beginning to open to provide essential items.  Speedway gas station, Food Lion, Publix, and SoundACE Hardware are all open during limited hours.  

Town Services, Other Information

Trash will not be collected on Monday or Tuesday, and recycling will not be collected on Wednesday.  The normal trash collection schedule is expected to resume on Thursday.

The Town Administration Building is open during normal business hours (8 am - 5 pm).

The Community Center remains closed indefinitely, and a reopening date will be announced soon. 

All Town meetings and events from September 17 - 23 are cancelled.   

Town Continues Efforts to Address Storm Water Flooding Issues

Town staff continue to operate and reposition (as problems are resolved) 6 portable pumps in flooded locations along Ocean Drive in eastern Emerald Isle.  As these problems are resolved, these pumps will be shifted to other problem areas from east to west.   

With power being restored in some areas of Coast Guard Road, the Town's fixed storm water pumps in Deer Horn Dunes and Sea Dunes are now running off of normal power.  The Osprey Ridge and Island Circle pumps are running off of generator power, and Spinnakers Reach pumps will be running off generator power this afternoon.  Lands End diesel pumps are functional, and the Town will soon connect a generator to activate the electric pumps in Lands End.  

There are numerous other storm water flooding issues throughout Emerald Isle, and Town staff will be working to address these problems in the most strategic manner.  Identified storm water flooding areas include Sound Drive, Reed Drive, Wyndtree Drive, Wyndward Court, Bogue Court, and many low-spots along Ocean Drive in central and western Emerald Isle.   

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to clear storm water flooding areas.  Please understand that Emerald Isle received approximately 24 inches of rain in 3 days, and many other ares of North Carolina are also experiencing significant flooding.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities

As property owners return and begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items),
  • tree and limb debris segments should be no longer than 12 feet, 
  • please place discarded appliances in a separate location at the street edge,
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.

Town staff and our debris contractors will begin debris collection efforts early this week, and will continue these efforts for the next several weeks.  We will be working hard to have Emerald Isle back to normal as quickly as possible

Beach Profile Survey Planned for Later This Week

The County's and the Town's beach profile surveyors will be on the beach in Emerald Isle later this week and next week, and these surveys will be used to determine how much sand was lost from the beach and dunes as a result of Florence.  These calculations will be used to develop the Town's forthcoming claim for FEMA assistance to restore lost sand via a planned beach nourishment project this coming winter.  The Town was fortunate to receive FEMA assistance for sand lost during Hurricanes Isabel, Ophelia, and Irene, and is expected to also be eligible for assistance related to Hurricane Florence. 

Please Conserve Water!

Please do not use water to clean homes and vehicles when you arrive, as the Town's public water supply remains at risk until all leaks (from private homes and piers) are identified and corrected. 

Be Safe in Emerald Isle

The impacts from Hurricane Florence are significant, and the Town seeks to promote the safety of all individuals in Emerald Isle.  Please note that numerous hazards are present, so please be especially mindful of the following:

  • There are numerous areas with standing water in Emerald Isle, and there may be hazards, both man-made and animals, in the water.  
  • Please be aware of low-hanging utility lines, and avoid contact. 
  • Please exercise caution if / when connecting a generator to your home.
  • Please note that many beach access walkways have been damaged, and include high drop-offs to the beach strand.  

Best Travel Routes

The best route from the Raleigh area to Emerald Isle remains US 70 east all the way to Morehead City, and then west on NC 24 to the Emerald Isle bridge.  Additionally, NC 24 has now reopened between Emerald Isle and Jacksonville after being closed to flooding in recent days (which prevented delivery of the Town's rental storm water pumps.)

Please be advised that road conditions may change.  For the the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT's Travel Information Management System at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx# .

Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways.  DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!    

 

Drone Video of Florence Damage

Town volunteers are deploying drones over Emerald Isle again today to capture video of Florence damage to share with our property owners.  We expect the initial videos to be available later today, and these will be linked to the Town's website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ . 

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 Monday, September 17, 2018 1:41:00 PM Categories: News

RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE - ACCESS LIMITED TO RE-ENTRY PERMIT HOLDERS - Update #15 - Sunday, Sept 16 - 8 pm  

 

Access to Emerald Isle for RE-ENTRY PERMIT Holders ONLY - 8 am - 8 pm Daily

The Emerald Isle bridge is open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT holders ONLY from 8 am - 8 pm daily, until further notice.  Individuals without a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed through the checkpoint.  

Individuals with a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit may come and go, to and from the island, between 8 am and 8 pm only.  Re-entry permit holders may also spend the night on their property in Emerald Isle, however, a Town-wide curfew is in effect from 8 pm - 8 am.  It is illegal to move around Emerald Isle or leave your property during the curfew hours.  

To proceed through the checkpoint, you must display your official re-entry permit.  No other forms of identification will be accepted to gain entry.  If you do not have a re-entry permit, you will not be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and you will need to wait until the bridge is opened for the general public later this week. 

Emerald Isle Bridge Remains Closed to General Public, Decision to Reopen to Everyone Will Be Day-To-Day

Individuals who do not have an Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice. The Town will continue working hard in the coming days to address the remaining issues, and a decision on allowing the general public to re-enter Emerald Isle will be made on a day-to-day basis.  

The Town opened the bridge to re-entry permit holders to allow our residents and property owners to assess the condition of property and take appropriate steps to secure property if necessary, and also to allow our businesses to prepare for the return of the general public later this week.  Please note that only individuals with a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and contractors who do not already have a re-entry permit will be required to wait until Emerald Isle is open to the general public later this week. 

Power Restoration Efforts Continue In Earnest, Power Starting to Come on Along NC 58

Power is just staring to be restored along NC 58 in eastern Emerald Isle, and the Town is optimistic that other areas will soon follow.  Carteret-Craven Electric crews and their disaster partners have been in Emerald Isle all day long, and continue to make progress.  The only other area in Emerald Isle currently with power is along NC 58 in limited areas between Coast Guard Road and the "downtown" area.  

The Town remains hopeful that additional areas will have power restored tomorrow, however, it is important for individuals returning to Emerald Isle to recognize that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle for several days.  Please plan accordingly. 

Vehicle Access Limited West of Dolphin Ridge on Coast Guard Road

Due to significant storm water flooding, it may not be possible for most vehicles to access subdivisions located west of Dolphin Ridge along Coast Guard Road (Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, Point Emerald Villas, Wyndtree, and The Pointe).  Residents are permitted to park vehicles and walk to these areas along the beach.

Town Staff Working to Address Storm Water Flooding Issues

 

Town staff have deployed 6 portable pumps to flooded locations in eastern Emerald Isle to clear small-area flooding concerns along Ocean Drive, and will continue to relocate the pumps from east to west to additional locations as various locations are cleared. 

 

There are significant storm water issues in Deer Horn Dunes, Sea Dunes, Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, The Point, and in Osprey Ridge.  The Town has large, fixed pump systems in all of these locations, however, they cannot function without power.  The Town activated its pre-positioned contract for several generators on Saturday morning, however, inland flooding conditions did not allow delivery until late tonight.  The first generator is being installed in Osprey Ridge right now, and the fixed pump in that area should be functional later tonight.  Thus, we expect storm water flooding in this area to be resolved within the next few days.  Three additional generators will be deployed tomorrow to the other fixed pump locations, and this should enable the Town to resolve these issues in the next few days.  

Additionally, we continue to push for power restoration along Coast Guard Road, which will further expedite the clearing of storm water from these areas.

There is also significant flooding along Coast Guard Road between the entrance to Spinnakers Reach and Lands End, and this flooding prevents most vehicles from traveling through this area. The Town does not have a fixed storm water pump in this location, and is awaiting the delivery of large portable pumps to clear this area.  The Town's pre-positioned portable pump contract was also activated on Saturday, however, the pumps have not been delivered from southeastern NC due to continued impacts from Florence in that area and inaccessible roads.  The Town will deploy large portable pumps to this area as soon as they are received.    

Other significant storm water problem areas will also be addressed with portable rental pumps and the Town's portable pumps, including Reed Drive, Wyndtree Drive, Wyndward Court, and Ocean Drive near Fawn Drive.  The Town also has flooding issues in the 6400 block of Ocean Drive and on Bogue Court, and is awaiting restoration of power to small fixed pumps in these locations, which should resolve these concerns relatively quickly.  

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to clear storm water flooding areas. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities

As property owners return and begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items), 
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process.

Town staff and our debris contractors will begin debris collection efforts early this week, and will continue these efforts for the next several weeks.  We will be working hard to have Emerald Isle back to normal as quickly as possible

Beach Profile Survey Planned for Later This Week

The County's and the Town's beach profile surveyors will be on the beach in Emerald Isle later this week and next week, and these surveys will be used to determine how much sand was lost from the beach and dunes as a result of Florence.  These calculations will be used to develop the Town's forthcoming claim for FEMA assistance to restore lost sand via a planned beach nourishment project this coming winter.  The Town was fortunate to receive FEMA assistance for sand lost during Hurricanes Isabel, Ophelia, and Irene, and is expected to also be eligible for assistance related to Hurricane Florence. 

 

Please Conserve Water!

Please do not use water to clean homes and vehicles when you arrive, as the Town's public water supply remains at risk until all leaks (from private homes and piers) are identified and corrected. 

Be Safe in Emerald Isle

The impacts from Hurricane Florence are significant, and the Town seeks to promote the safety of all individuals in Emerald Isle.  Please note that numerous hazards are present, so please be especially mindful of the following:

  • There are numerous areas with standing water in Emerald Isle, and there may be hazards, both man-made and animals, in the water.  
  • Please be aware of low-hanging utility lines, and avoid contact. 
  • Please exercise caution if / when connecting a generator to your home.
  • Please note that many beach access walkways have been damaged, and include high drop-offs to the beach strand.  

Best Travel Route from Raleigh Area

Several individuals returning to Emerald Isle from the Raleigh area have utilized US 70 east all the way to Morehead City, and then traveled west on NC 24 to the Emerald Isle bridge.  This appears to be the best available travel route at this time.  

Please be advised that road conditions may change.  For the the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT's Travel Information Management System at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx# .

Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways.  DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!    

 

Emerald Isle Bridge Open to Emerald Isle and Indian Beach Re-Entry Permit Holders ONLY

Indian Beach re-entry permit holders are also able to enter Emerald Isle, via the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY, at the same times as Emerald Isle permit holders.  Atlantic Beach permit holders are also able to enter Atlantic Beach, via the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY, at the same times. Pine Knoll Shores will open to re-entry permit holders at 1 pm on Monday and then be under identical restrictions.  

Drone Video / Pictures of Florence Damage

A drone was sent up over Emerald Isle today to capture video of Emerald Isle to share with our property owners, however, continuing high speeds limited the coverage area.  An additional attempt will be made tomorrow, and the Town will post this video for public viewing when it's available.  

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 Sunday, September 16, 2018 8:37:00 PM Categories: News

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - RE-ENTRY PERMIT HOLDERS MAY RETURN BEGINNING AT 1 PM SUNDAY - Update #14 - Sunday, Sept 16 - 9 am 

 

Emerald Isle Bridge Open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT Holders ONLY at 1 PM Sunday

The Emerald Isle bridge will open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT holders ONLY at 1 pm Sunday. Individuals without a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed on to the island.  To gain entry, you must display your official re-entry permit, and no other forms of identification will be accepted to gain entry.  If you do not have a re-entry permit, you will not be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and you will need to wait until the bridge is opened for the general public later this week. 

Curfew Hours Adjusted at 1 pm Sunday

The Town remains under a 24-hour, Town-wide curfew until 1 pm Sunday.  The curfew will be lifted at 1 pm on Sunday, and it will be legal to move about Emerald Isle at that time.  

A new night-hours curfew will be effective at 8 pm Sunday.  Until further notice, the entire Town will be under a curfew from 8 pm to 8 am each night, and it will not be legal to move around Emerald Isle during these hours.  

The practical result is that re-entry permit holders will be able to enter Emerald Isle beginning at 1 pm Sunday, and may continue to freely access Emerald Isle until 8 pm on Sunday night.  No one, including re-entry permit holders, will be permitted to enter Emerald Isle after 8 pm on Sunday night.  When the curfew ends at 8 am on Monday morning, re-entry permit holders will again be permitted to enter Emerald Isle and it will be legal to move about Emerald Isle during the day. The curfew will be in effect again at 8 pm Monday night and remain in effect until 8 am Tuesday, and so on. 

Initial Power Restoration Occurring, Hopefully More Later Today

As of 8 am, power has been restored along NC 58 in limited areas between Coast Guard Road and the "downtown" area.  Carteret-Craven Electric crews and their disaster assistance partners will be working hard throughout Emerald Isle today to restore power as quickly as possible to as many people as possible. 

Fortunately, power has been restored to a critical water plant facility near the intersection of Coast Guard Road and NC 58, which will help Bogue Banks Water maintain an adequate water supply in Emerald Isle.  

Although Carteret-Craven Electric is making progress, it is important for individuals returning to Emerald Isle to recognize that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle for several days.  Please plan accordingly. 

Vehicle Access Limited West of Dolphin Ridge on Coast Guard Road

Due to significant storm water flooding, it may not be possible for vehicles to access subdivisions located west of Dolphin Ridge along Coast Guard Road (Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, Point Emerald Villas, Wyndtree, and The Pointe).  Residents will be permitted to park vehicles and walk to these areas along the beach, provided there is a safe route and there is ample beach width to walk upon (unfortunately, high tide is at 1:45 pm today, and that may make walking on the beach more difficult).    

Water Levels Finally Dropping in Bogue Sound, Archers Creek

We are finally beginning to see some drop in water levels in Bogue Sound and Archers Creek, and this should result in receding water from low-lying areas on the soundside.  

Lee Avenue is passable at Archers Creek, and other flooded soundside streets have receded. Reed Drive is flooded by storm water in the general area between East Seaview Drive and Loon Drive (Pacific store), in part because the drainage system for this area could not drain to Archers Creek when the tides were high.  This area appears to be draining better now, and we are hopeful that remaining storm water will soon dissipate.  

Please exercise caution driving through any flooded streets. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Those Beginning Clean-Up Activities

As property owners return and begin cleaning up their property from Florence's damage, please help us complete the collection of debris in the most efficient and safe manner. 

  • please create SEPARATE piles at the street edge, 
  • please create one pile for vegetative debris (trees and limbs), one pile for construction and demolition debris (shingles, siding, plywood, studs, etc.), and one pile for discarded furnishings (carpet, furniture, large personal items), 
  • please avoid placing piles directly under power lines and other overhead utility lines, as this may present a safety hazard to collection crews and may result in a slower collection process. 

Town staff and our debris contractors will begin debris collection efforts early this week, and will continue these efforts for the next several weeks.  We will be working hard to have Emerald Isle back to normal as quickly as possible

Be Safe in Emerald Isle

The impacts from Hurricane Florence are significant, and the Town seeks to promote the safety of all individuals in Emerald Isle once the bridge is open and the curfew is lifted during daytime hours.  Please be especially mindful of the following:

  • There are numerous areas with standing water in Emerald Isle, and there may be hazards, both man-made and animals, in the water.  
  • Please be aware of low-hanging utility lines, and avoid contact. 
  • Please exercise caution if / when connecting a generator to your home.
  • Please note that many beach access walkways have been damaged, and include high drop-offs to the beach strand.  

Town Has Identified Only One Accessible Route, Most Eastern NC Access Routes Remain Inaccessible - BE SAFE

Individuals returning to Emerald Isle are advised that there is currently, as of 8 am, only one route to Emerald Isle that is believed to be accessible from central North Carolina.  From the Raleigh area, the following route should be passable:   

  • US 264 east to Greenville, then
  • NC 43 to Vanceboro, then
  • US 17 to New Bern (avoid downtown New Bern business route, take new western bypass), then
  • US 70 to NC 24, then
  • NC 24 to NC 58 at the Emerald Isle bridge. 

Please be advised that road conditions may change quickly, and this route is only believed to be accessible as of 8 am Sunday.  For the the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT's Travel Information Management System at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx# .

Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways.  DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!    

Emerald Isle Bridge Open to Emerald Isle and Indian Beach Re-Entry Permit Holders ONLY

Indian Beach re-entry permit holders will also be able to enter Emerald Isle, via the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY, at the same time as Emerald Isle permit holders, and will be under identical restrictions as Emerald Isle.  Atlantic Beach permit holders will also be able to enter Atlantic Beach, via the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY, at the same time, and will be under identical restrictions as Emerald Isle.    

Pine Knoll Shores will open to re-entry permit holders at 1 pm on Monday and then be under identical restrictions.  

Emerald Isle and Indian Beach re-entry permit holders must use the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY. Atlantic Beach re-entry permit holders must use the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY.

Emerald Isle Bridge Remains Closed to General Public, Decision to Reopen to Everyone Will Be Day-To-Day

Individuals who do not have an Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice. The Town will continue working hard in the coming days to address the remaining issues, and a decision on allowing the general public to re-enter Emerald Isle will be made on a day-to-day basis.  

The Town is pleased to reopen the bridge to re-entry permit holders, and is taking this step to allow our residents and property owners to assess the condition of your property and take appropriate steps to secure your property if necessary.  Please note that only individuals with a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and contractors who do not already have a re-entry permit will be required to wait until Emerald Isle is open to the general public later this week. 

Residents and property owners are also advised that there are also significant impacts from Florence in Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, and Swansboro, and there may be limited businesses open with needed supplies. 

Pictures of Florence Damage

Many have requested that the Town post pictures of Florence's damage, and the Town has tried to provide representative pictures for public consumption.  Please understand that the Town's first priority is to protect public safety, provide adequate Police protection, and focus on the significant task of getting Emerald Isle back to normal, and it's simply not possible for the Town to provide pictures of specifically requested areas.  

The Town has been attempting to send a drone up to take pictures for posting on the internet, however, Florence has continued to impact Emerald Isle (and it is STILL raining and windy) ever since Thursday morning.  We will continue to attempt to send a drone up when conditions permit, and post pictures soon thereafter.

Update #12 Not Provided to Email Subscribers

Due to a glitch, the Town's Update #12 (on Saturday, September 15 at 3 pm) was not delivered to subscribers of the Town's email newsletter.  This update was, however, posted on the Town's website, Facebook, Twitter, EI APP, and text message alert system.  We apologize for this issue.

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 Sunday, September 16, 2018 9:17:00 AM Categories: News

EI BRIDGE OPEN FOR RE-ENTRY PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY AT 1 PM SUNDAY - Update #13 - Saturday, Sept 15 - 7 pm 

 

Emerald Isle Bridge Open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT Holders ONLY at 1 PM Sunday

The Emerald Isle bridge will open for RE-ENTRY PERMIT holders ONLY at 1 pm Sunday. Individuals without a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed on to the island.  To gain entry, you must display your official re-entry permit, and no other forms of identification will be accepted to gain entry.  If you do not have a re-entry permit, you will not be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and you will need to wait until the bridge is opened for the general public later this week. 

Curfew Hours Adjusted at 1 pm Sunday

The Town remains under a 24-hour, Town-wide curfew until 1 pm Sunday.  The curfew will be lifted at 1 pm on Sunday, and it will be legal to move about Emerald Isle at that time.  

A new night-hours curfew will be effective at 8 pm Sunday.  Until further notice, the entire Town will be under a curfew from 8 pm to 8 am each night, and it will not be legal to move around Emerald Isle during these hours.  

The practical result is that re-entry permit holders will be able to enter Emerald Isle beginning at 1 pm Sunday, and may continue to freely access Emerald Isle until 8 pm on Sunday night.  No one, including re-entry permit holders, will be permitted to enter Emerald Isle after 8 pm on Sunday night.  When the curfew ends at 8 am on Monday morning, re-entry permit holders will again be permitted to enter Emerald Isle and it will be legal to move about Emerald Isle during the day. The curfew will be in effect again at 8 pm Monday night and remain in effect until 8 am Tuesday, and so on. 

Vehicle Access to Areas Along Coast Guard Road May Be Limited West of Dolphin Ridge

Due to significant storm water flooding and electric issues, it may not be possible for vehicles to access subdivisions located west of Dolphin Ridge along Coast Guard Road (Spinnakers Reach, Lands End, Point Emerald Villas, Wyndtree, and The Pointe). 

Emerald Isle Remains Without Power; Timetable Uncertain to Restore Power

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative crews are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible in Emerald Isle, however, individuals returning to Emerald Isle must understand that you may not have power at your home in Emerald Isle for several days.  

 

 

Emerald Isle May Have Limited Public Water Supply

Bogue Banks Water staff is working hard to ensure adequate water supply in Emerald Isle, however, the impacts from Florence have resulted in a situation where it may be necessary to turn off the public water supply for some period of time.  Individuals returning to Emerald Isle must understand that you may not have potable water at your home in Emerald Isle for several days.  If you do have public water supply at your house, please help us conserve water by NOT washing your homes or vehicles until the public water supply is fully restored.  

Be Safe in Emerald Isle

The impacts from Hurricane Florence are significant, and the Town seeks to promote the safety of all individuals in Emerald Isle once the bridge is open and the curfew is lifted during daytime hours.  Please be especially mindful of the following:

  • There are numerous areas with standing water in Emerald Isle, and there may be hazards, both man-made and animals, in the water.  
  • Please be aware of low-hanging utility lines, and avoid contact. 
  • Please exercise caution if / when connecting a generator to your home.
  • Please note that many beach access walkways have been damaged, and include high drop-offs to the beach strand.  

Eastern NC Access Routes Inaccessible - BE SAFE

Individuals returning to Emerald Isle are advised that there are currently no open routes to Emerald Isle that are accessible through eastern North Carolina due to flooding caused by Florence.  Road conditions will likely worsen and improve in the coming days, and for the latest information about eastern NC road conditions please consult your local authorities and/or NCDOT's Travel Information Management System at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx# .

Please travel safe, and heed warnings along all roadways.  DO NOT ENTER flooded roadways, as the depth and speed of flowing water are often deceiving.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN! Do not become a drowning victim simply because of your impatience!    

 

 

Emerald Isle Bridge Open to Emerald Isle and Indian Beach Re-Entry Permit Holders ONLY

Indian Beach re-entry permit holders will also be able to enter Emerald Isle, via the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY, at the same time as Emerald Isle permit holders, and will be under identical restrictions as Emerald Isle.  Atlantic Beach permit holders will also be able to enter Atlantic Beach, via the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY, at the same time, and will be under identical restrictions as Emerald Isle.    

Pine Knoll Shores will open to re-entry permit holders at 1 pm on Monday and then be under identical restrictions.  

Emerald Isle and Indian Beach re-entry permit holders must use the Emerald Isle bridge ONLY. Atlantic Beach re-entry permit holders must use the Atlantic Beach bridge ONLY.

Emerald Isle Bridge Remains Closed to General Public, Decision to Reopen to Everyone Will Be Day-To-Day

Individuals who do not have an Emerald Isle re-entry permit will not be allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice. The Town will continue working hard in the coming days to address the remaining issues, and a decision on allowing the general public to re-enter Emerald Isle will be made on a day-to-day basis.  

The Town is pleased to reopen the bridge to re-entry permit holders, and is taking this step to allow our residents and property owners to assess the condition of your property and take appropriate steps to secure your property if necessary.  Please note that only individuals with a previously-issued Town of Emerald Isle re-entry permit will be permitted to enter Emerald Isle, and contractors who do not already have a re-entry permit will be required to wait until Emerald Isle is open to the general public later this week. 

Residents and property owners are also advised that there are also significant impacts from Florence in Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, and Swansboro, and there may be limited businesses open with needed supplies. 

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 Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:41:00 PM Categories: News

TOWN CONTINUES WORK ON RECOVERY, BUT SIGNIFICANT WORK LEFT TO BE DONE - Update #12 - Saturday, Sept 15 - 3 pm 

 

Rain Continues in Emerald Isle, Ocean and Sound Still Very High

The Town had hoped that Florence's rains would end this morning, but they have continued all day long.  Despite the rain (which is now approximately 20 inches total at the Town Government Complex), Town staff, Bogue Banks Water staff, and Carteret-Craven Electric staff are all hard at work to address the most significant impacts that prevent us from reopening the Emerald Isle bridge.  We remain hopeful that the rain may finally end later today, and that we will at least get closer to normal tide cycles very soon.  

Continuing and Worsening Impacts

The ocean remains very turbulent, and the Town continues to experience additional beach erosion.  At this time, we do not believe there are any dune breaches in Emerald Isle, however, there is significant dune erosion.  

The sound remains very high, although is has subsided slightly. Low-lying areas along the soundfront and Archers Creek remain flooded, and the high water levels in Archers Creek and Bogue Sound are also not allowing storm water runoff to exit via normal flow patterns, thereby creating additional storm water flooding in different locations.  

Also, with the additional rainfall over the past 24 hours, there is significant storm water flooding along Coast Guard Road in typical areas, and in other low-lying areas along Ocean Drive.  The Town's fixed pump system along Coast Guard Road is not operational due to the Town-wide power outages, and generators are en route to provide temporary power if Carteret-Craven Electric is unable to restore power in this area. 

Town Staff, Bogue Banks Water, and Carteret-Craven Electric Staff Working Hard

All of us are working as hard as we can to address the most significant impacts, and crews are currently working on the following priorities:

  • Clearing of all downed trees from public streets:  Town staff is making good progress, and we hope to complete this initial high-priority work later today or tomorrow. 
  • Detailed damage assessment:  Town staff have completed a more detailed assessment, providing a better understanding for the most strategic resource allocation to enable the Town to reopen the bridge.  This damage assessment is also critical to receive Federal and State disaster funding. 
  • Power restoration:  Carteret-Craven Electric has several crews in Emerald Isle working, with a focus on work that can restore power to the maximum number of customers at one time.  One area receiving priority is Coast Guard Road due to the fact that dangerous power lines are completely blocking the road, and this area is critical to our ability to reopen the bridge.  The Coast Guard Road area is currently a high priority due to the need to restore power to Bogue Banks Water facilities that serve the entire Town, and these facilities are critical to preserve their ability to maintain water service (and avoid the need to shut down the system in certain areas) in the aftermath of Florence. Other electric crews are working along NC 58 in central and eastern Emerald Isle, and they are working as hard as possible to restore power.  The real-time power outage map is located at  http://outage.carteretcraven.coop/ .
  • Water system:  Bogue Banks Water Corporation is working to repair a critical water line that provides raw water to the Town.  The water line damage is along Coast Guard Road near Emerald Isle Woods Park, and feeds the Coast Guard Road water facilities that are critical to the entire Town. 
  • Other hazards on public streets:  Town staff have completed the identification of all other hazards on public streets, and are working to eliminate these hazards.  
  • Police patrol:  EIPD continues to enforce the Town-wide curfew in an effort to promote the safety of individuals and protect your property.  The EIPD has additional officers on staff during the Town-wide curfew to provide the best possible patrol coverage.
  • Activation of the Town's pre-positioned debris and rental equipment contractors: Pre-positioned contracts for rental generators and storm water pumps have been activated, and delivery is expected tomorrow or Monday (assuming the roads leading to Emerald Isle from inland are passable).  The pre-positioned storm debris contract has been activated to assist our Town staff, and we expect the contractor to begin providing help on Monday (assuming inland roads are passable).  

Town staff remain housed at the Town Government Complex, and will continue to work around-the-clock until the most significant impacts are addressed.  We are hopeful that our efforts this weekend will promote the earliest possible return for our residents and property owners. 

Emerald Isle Bridge Remains Closed, Decision to Reopen Will Be Day-To-Day

Despite everyone's continuing efforts, and considering that Florence continues to impact us, it is simply not yet safe for property owners or the general public to return to Emerald Isle.  The Emerald Isle bridge WILL NOT OPEN on Saturday, and will remain closed until further notice. No decisions regarding Sunday have been made yet, and these decisions will be made on a day-to-day basis based on conditions on the ground and in consultation with other County and town officials.  

No one is allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice, and the Town remains under a 24-hour, Town-wide curfew.  The curfew will remain in effect until it is safe for the public to travel around Emerald Isle.  It is illegal for anyone to leave their own property while the curfew is in effect.      

As communicated previously, the curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for residents, property owners, and the general public.  The Town's criteria for lifting the curfew and reopening the island are as follows:

  • remove all downed trees and limbs from Town streets to enable power crews to repair damaged poles and electric lines, 
  • eliminate / remove all hazardous power lines (and other overhead utility lines) on the ground or hanging in such a way that present a safety hazard to the public, 
  • ensure that the public water supply is available to serve the public, 
  • secure all abandoned LP gas tanks, and 
  • ideally, realize at least some minimal restoration of power to even a small portion of the Town (the entire Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative system, with more than 40,000 customers, remains offline at this time). 

The Town simply can not reopen the island for anyone until all of the tasks listed above are complete, and the magnitude of Florence and the damage left in its wake simply require time - for Town staff, for power restoration crews, and for other utility crews. The Town will review the progress toward meeting these criteria each day before announcing a specific re-opening date and time. It is also likely that the Town will initially allow residents and property owners who possess a Town re-entry permit to return to Emerald Isle earlier than the general public.     

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!

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.  

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 Saturday, September 15, 2018 2:45:00 PM Categories: News

TOWN ALREADY HARD AT WORK ON RECOVERY EFFORTS - Update #11 - Friday, Sept 14 - 7 pm  

 

Florence Lingers

Hurricane Florence continued to impact Emerald Isle all day long, bringing more tropical storm force winds and additional rainfall, some of which was very heavy at times.  Wind gusts in the 30-40 mph range persisted all afternoon, and the Town's total recorded rainfall at the Town Government Complex is now up to nearly 14 inches, with locally higher amounts in some areas of Emerald Isle.  Wind and rain impacts should subside by sometime Saturday morning. 

Town Staff Working Hard to Expedite Recovery as Much as Possible

Despite the continuing storm conditions, Town staff were out all day long in the wind and rain to begin essential tasks that must be completed before residents, property owners, and the general public can return to Emerald Isle.  We want to do whatever we need to do to get people back in Emerald Isle quickly and safely, but public safety is the top factor in these decisions.

Efforts today include, among other tasks:

  • Crack-of-dawn initial assessments by Town officials to gain a better understanding of the damage received, the recovery task at hand, and communicate such information to the public.
  • All day efforts to remove numerous downed trees from Town streets, in part so power restoration crews can access areas where repairs are necessary.  At the most basic level, the Town simply can not reopen the island until the streets are completely passable for motorists and emergency vehicles, and can not reopen the island if downed power lines remain across Town streets and present life-threatening hazards.  Additionally, the Town is working to support Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative crews in any way helpful to expedite the restoration of power in Emerald Isle. The entire town remains without power as of 7 pm Friday.
  • Although the storm's impacts are not finalized (as additional winds and rainfall continue to impact the Town), Town staff made significant progress on the comprehensive damage assessment that is necessary to better understand the public safety risks that must be considered in any decision to reopen the island, and promote an efficient and cost-effective recovery process.
  • Continuous police patrol throughout the Town to ensure that properties are protected from potential thieves seeking to take advantage of this natural disaster.  The EIPD has additional officers on staff during the Town-wide curfew to provide the best possible patrol coverage, and is working to hard to protect your property.
  • Coordination with the Town's pre-positioned debris and rental equipment contractors to expedite the collection and removal of storm debris, and to address significant storm water flooding issues.

Town staff have been in place at the Town Government Complex around the clock since Wednesday morning, and many will remain at the Town Government Complex tonight and through the weekend to promote the earliest possible return for our residents and property owners. 

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

Despite Town staff's best efforts today, it is not yet safe for property owners or the general public to return to Emerald Isle.  The Emerald Isle bridge WILL NOT OPEN on Saturday, and will remain closed until further notice.  No one is allowed to enter Emerald Isle until further notice, and the Town remains under a 24-hour, Town-wide curfew.  The curfew will remain in effect until it is safe for the public to travel around Emerald Isle.  It is illegal for anyone to leave their own property while the curfew is in effect.      

The curfew will be lifted and the bridge will be reopened only when Town officials have determined that it is safe for residents, property owners, and the general public.  The Town's criteria for lifting the curfew and reopening the island are as follows:

  • remove all downed trees and limbs from Town streets to enable power crews to repair damaged poles and electric lines, 
  • eliminate / remove all hazardous power lines (and other overhead utility lines) on the ground or hanging in such a way that present a safety hazard to the public, 
  • ensure that the public water supply is available to serve the public, 
  • secure all abandoned LP gas tanks, and 
  • ideally, realize at least some minimal restoration of power to even a small portion of the Town (the entire Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative system, with more than 40,000 customers, remains offline at this time). 

The Town simply can not reopen the island for anyone until all of the tasks listed above are complete, and the magnitude of Florence and the damage left in its wake simply require time - for Town staff, for power restoration crews, and for other utility crews. The Town will take a day-to-day approach, and will review the progress toward meeting these criteria each day before announcing a specific re-opening date and time.  It is also likely that the Town will initially allow residents and property owners who possess a Town re-entry permit to return to Emerald Isle earlier than the general public.     

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!

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.  

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 7:21:00 PM Categories: News

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
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