Hurricane Florence Update #3: Monday, September 10, 2018 6:3opm
MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for Hurricane Florence
Update #2 – Monday, Sept 10 – 6 pm
Mayor Barber Declares State of Emergency, Issues Evacuation Order
Mayor Barber has declared a State of Emergency in Emerald Isle, effective at 2 pm today. In concert with Carteret County and all municipalities in the County, Mayor Barber has also issued a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER for Emerald Isle beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 11. All residents, property owners, and visitors are advised to evacuate Emerald Isle no later than 8 pm on Wednesday, September 12. Hurricane Florence will bring potentially life-threatening conditions to much of the Carolinas, including Emerald Isle, beginning on Thursday, and the storm’s direct impacts are expected to continue through Saturday.
If Hurricane Florence follows the current forecast track and intensity, the impacts are projected to be worse than anything Emerald Isle has experienced in at least the last 20 years, if not longer. The Town urges all of our residents, property owners, and visitors to take Florence extremely seriously and plan accordingly.
Emerald Isle Bridge Will Close at 7 amon Thursday, Curfew In Effect
Emerald Isle will be under a curfew beginning at 7 am on Thursday, September 13, and the Emerald Isle bridge will be closed at that time. No one will be allowed to enter Emerald Isle after 7 amon Thursday, 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. Based on the best information currently available, it is likely 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.
Current Status / Forecast for Hurricane Florence
As of 5 pm, the center of Hurricane Florence is located approximately 1,150 miles southeast of Emerald Isle. The storm currently has maximum winds of 140 mph, and is moving west at 13 mph. Florence is currently projected to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach at approximately 7 pmon Thursday as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds. Under the current forecast track, tropical storm force winds are expected to begin in Emerald Isle sometime on Thursday morning, and the storm is expected to actively impact Emerald Isle on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Please note that even minor deviations in the storm track and intensity could result in devastating impacts in Emerald Isle, so please plan accordingly. The exact track of Florence will most likely be slightly adjusted over the next 72 hours, and the exact track will likely determine where and when the most significant impacts occur along the North Carolina coast.
Additional updates will be provided often via the Town’s digital platforms listed below. Please stay informed!
Town Facilities and Services Schedule
Trash will be collected on the soundside on Tuesday according to the normal schedule. Recycling will be collected Town-wide on Wednesday according to the normal schedule. No trash will be collected on Thursday or Friday. Please make sure you secure your solid waste containers in a safe location.
The Town Administration Building will be open normal business hours (8 am – 5 pm) on Tuesdayand Wednesday. Town offices will be closed on Thursday until further notice.
The Community Center will be open normal business hours on Tuesday (8 am – 9 pm), but will close at 5 pmon Wednesday (open 8 am – 5 pm). The Community Center will be closed on Thursday until further notice.
The regular meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners, scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 at 6 pm, has been cancelled.
Now is the time to plan for Hurricane Florence. For helpful information, please visit:
Make Sure You Have Your Hurricane Re-Entry Permit Now
All Emerald Isle property owners have previously been issued hurricane re-entry permits, either from the Town or from the previous property owner. These permits are available to residents and property owners ONLY, and will be used if it is necessary to limit access to the island after a storm event.
Please check to make sure you have your hurricane re-entry permit now, and store it in the vehicle you intend to use to return to Emerald Isle. If you need a replacement permit, please visit the Town Administration Building during normal business hours to secure a new permit. The cost of a replacement permit is $25.
Please do not wait until the last minute to secure your re-entry permit, as the Town Administration Building will close on Wednesday at 5 pm. Town staff will be incredibly busy leading up to the storm, so please don’t wait until the last minute.