Hurricane Florence Update #12: Friday, September 14, 2018 8:30am

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!

NOAA Hurricane Florence 8am Update