HIGH RISK: Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding and Dangerous Rip Currents

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HIGH RISK: Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding and Dangerous Rip Currents

The Town of Emerald Isle is sharing the latest news from the National Weather Service office in Morehead City.  Please take time to review the latest briefing and take appropriate action now. 

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Sally are moving from Alabama into the Carolinas (Thursday 9/17/20 into Friday 9/18/20), several impacts are likely for our area.

  • Heavy rain with Flash Flooding Thursday and Friday.
  • A prediction of 4-6” of rain is possible in our immediate area.
  • Severe weather expected Thursday evening, throughout the night: Strong wind gusts and isolated tornadoes possible.
  • Prolonged strong northeasterly winds leading to coastal flooding, rough surf, dangerous rip currents and potentially significant beach erosion and ocean overwash.

LOCAL ACTION STEPS:  The Emerald Isle Public Works Department is taking proactive steps to clear storm drains and lower drainage pond levels.  Staff and equipment are in position to respond as needed to heavy rains and localized flooding. 

Residents, businesses, and guests can help by following these recommendations:

  1. For properties that have flooded in the past, it is best to move items to higher ground now. 
  2. Please do not drive across flooded roadways: TURN AROUND AND DON’T DROWN.
  3. Until the heavy rains move through our area, please DO NOT place any additional yard debris by the roadway.

Yard Debris Update:  The Emerald Isle Public Works Department consistently has two knuckle boom trucks working 5-days per week on Emerald Isle.  We average 160-180 residential stops per day.  The volume of yard debris placed at the roadway is reaching record levels.  We are taking every possible step to collect yard debris as quickly as possible.  As a reminder, contractors should carry away and dispose of debris, when they remove trees from a property. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 


Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:16:00 AM Categories: News