The 2017 hurricane season is upon us, and the Town urges all residents and property owners to be prepared! If the Town is threatened by a tropical storm or hurricane, regular updates will be provided via the Town's email list (sign up at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ), the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Emerald Isle App (download it now at The App Store or Google Play), and via Facebook (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official Town page) and Twitter (@townemeraldisle).
If you are an EI property owner, and don't already have your hurricane re-entry pass, please visit the Town Administration Building soon to secure your pass. PLEASE don't wait until a storm is threatening EI, as the lines will be longer and Town staff must focus on immediate hurricane preparations at that time. For more information about hurricane re-entry passes, and for other helpful hurricane information, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information-1 .
"When does the Emerald Isle bridge close?" is always the most common question when a storm is threatening Emerald Isle. Please note that the bridge does not close at any pre-determined wind speed. The bridge is only closed if / when the Mayor declares a State of Emergency in Emerald Isle, enacts a mandatory evacuation order, and enacts a curfew in Emerald Isle, in which case no one should be moving around outside in Emerald Isle. Any such actions will be communicated via the Town's various digital platforms noted above.
Hopefully Emerald Isle will be spared this hurricane season, but, just in case, please be prepared and keep your family and property safe!