Emerald Isle Expected to Dodge Worst of Hurricane Matthew;
Town Officials Still Monitoring In Case Forecast Changes
Update #3 – Thursday, October 6 – 3:00 pm
Current Position – Approaching SE Coast of Florida, 625 miles away
Hurricane Matthew is currently a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, and the center is located approximately 625 miles south-southwest of Emerald Isle, approaching the southeast Florida coast. The storm is currently moving northwest at 14 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. It is expected to make a brief landfall near Cape Canaveral on Friday morning.
Emerald Isle Should Dodge Most Significant Impacts; Center of Matthew Projected to Stay ~ 140 miles Offshore of Emerald Isle
The latest forecast track projects that the center of Matthew will pass approximately 140 miles due south of Emerald Isle around 4 amon Sunday morning as a Category 1 hurricane. Emerald Isle is expected to experience winds in the 30 – 50 mph range for a short period overnightSaturday into Sunday morning. Rainfall totals could be as much as 2 – 5 inches, depending on the exact track and movement of outer rain bands.
The latest forecast track remains mostly favorable for Emerald Isle, however, Town officials continue to monitor the forecast track of Matthew. Even slight changes in the position and forecast track for Matthew could result in more significant impacts for Emerald Isle. The Town will adjust our guidance to our residents, property owners, and visitors as necessary over the next 48 hours.
No State of Emergency, Evacuation, Curfew Decisions
The Town has not implemented a State of Emergency, evacuation, or curfew for Emerald Isle, and we remain hopeful that there will ultimately be no need for these actions.
Prepare Appropriately and Make Sure You Have Your Hurricane Re-Entry Pass
Additionally, if you don’t have your previously issued hurricane re-entry pass, please visit the Town Administration Building during normal business hours to secure your pass.
Status of Emerald Isle Bridge, Re-Entry
The Emerald Isle bridge does NOT close at any set wind speed. The bridge will only close if the Mayor declares a State of Emergency, issues an evacuation order, and imposes a curfew. Any State of Emergency, evacuation order, and/or curfew will be posted on the Town’s various digital platforms as soon as it is issued.
A hurricane re-entry pass will be used to allow entry back into Emerald Isle if the Town re-opens to residents and property owners ONLY, but continues to exclude non-residents, non-property owners, and visitors. Depending on the degree of damage and current conditions, the Town’s first goal is always to allow EVERYONE back in to Emerald Isle at the same time without a re-entry pass. The re-entry pass is ONLY utilized if the damage is more significant and the Town needs to limit access to residents and property owners only.
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