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Hurricane Isaias Aftermath

Hurricane Isaias Aftermath

Hurricane season always brings a bit of heart break along with it. Our community was lucky this time, but many of our neighboring beach towns were not as fortunate as we were. We are thinking of and praying for those communities who are hurting and we will help in anyway we can.

Hurricane Isaias Update #16

Town of Atlantic Beach Tropical Storm Isaias Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 12:30 PM Update #2

Update #2
Atlantic Beach weathered the storm well and is in great shape! Very little debris was found and a only few cable wires have been downed. Most of the town came through the night without a loss of power and very little flooding was reported.
BEACH IN GOOD SHAPE
To the left (panel A) is the beach immediately after Hurricane Florence in 2018 and to the right (panel B) is the beach taken from just about the same perspective immediately after Isaias. Of course, we’re not suggesting that Florence and Isaias had similar storm parameters or that beach nourishment absolutely saved the day in the wake of Isaias, BUT Isaias’s impacts would have been worse if we hadn’t reconstructed the dune and added sand to our beaches – without question.
OCEAN CONDITIONS/ RIP CURRENTS
Atlantic Beach is under DOUBLE RED FLAG conditions and the water is closed for swimming. The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches throughout the middle of the next week, leading to extremely dangerous conditions for swimming.
TRASH & RECYCLING
The recycling trucks are out today to finish the side of AB Causeway and East of the Circle. Regular trash routes will begin this morning. Multiple trucks will be sent to ensure that the trash route is completed today.
Call 252-726-1366 to report any missed trash or recycling from Monday.
POWER OUTAGES
Customers who have experienced a power outage can report it the following ways:
  • Visit duke-energy.com on a desktop computer or mobile device.
  • Use the Duke Energy mobile app – download the Duke Energy App from a smartphone via Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply).
  • Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
  • Duke Energy Progress: 800-419-6356
For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy). See the outage map at www.duke-energy.com/outages.
HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASS
Please make sure that you know where your Hurricane Re-entry pass is! Should you be asked to evacuate for a storm in the future, you will need a pass to regain entry to your property in Atlantic Beach after the storm passes and officials declare it safe for property and business owners to return. If you have misplaced or lost your passes you may purchase an additional pass for $25 at Town Hall, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Proof of home ownership, business ownership or long-term rental agreement is required. No permits will be issued or mailed within 48 hours of a storm.
Apply for your re-entry permit online by clicking HERE.
Friendly Reminder: Keep it in your glove compartment!
For information contact Town Hall at 252-726-2121 or email tab@atlanticbeach-nc.com.
Stay Safe!
David Walker
Atlantic Beach Town Manager

Hurricane Isaias Update #15

Town of Emerald Isle – Hurricane Isaias: Update #6 – FINAL UPDATE

Hurricane Isaias Update #6
Final event update
August 4, 2020
10:00 AM
The post-storm assessment is underway in Emerald Isle. We are blessed and thankful that the storm did not bring widespread damage to the area.  Following is the final update related to this storm event.
RAINFALL:  1.28″ of rain was recorded overnight at the Emerald Isle Public Works facility.
Following is a brief assessment of public infrastructure damage:
  • Street sign down- Emerald Drive and Coast Guard Rd
  • Street sign down – Channel and Terrell Howell Way (near the US Coast Guard station)
  • A downed tree on the bike path near Sea Dunes
  • A downed tree on the bike path near Land’s End
  • A downed tree in the roadway near Reed/Janell
  • A downed tree in the roadway near Reed/Mangrove
Town staff members are on scene and actively working to clean up the areas identified.
RED FLAGS:  Reminder, ocean conditions are dangerous and Emerald Isle remains under RED FLAGS.  Flag poles have been damaged and lifeguards are working to reinstall flags.  The public is asked to stay out of the water and respect the ocean conditions.
Thank you all for your help and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Town of Emerald Isle at 252-354-3424.
Remain well!
Matt Zapp
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594
252-354-3424
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Hurricane Isaias Update #14

Town of Atlantic Beach Tropical Storm Isaias Monday, August 3, 2020, 4:30 PM Update #1

Update #1
Tropical Storm Isaias continues to track northward and is expected to arrive/impact North Carolina late Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday.
High winds, heavy rainfall, and potential tornados could impact our coastal region.
YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION SUSPENDED
Until further notice, yard debris collection is suspended. Residents are asked to STOP placing loose material on the roadway. Following the storm, collection services will resume.
TRASH COLLECTION
The County Landfill has closed early today. GFL will monitor any potential delays from the storm. Should we have delays or cancellations for tomorrow, we will plan to operate on a one-day delayed service schedule until all routes are caught up (by Saturday this week).
Do your part & Help move your cart!
  • Please secure all trash and recycling cans at/near your home ASAP
  • Wait until the storm system and heavy winds move out of the area, before putting carts at the street.
OCEAN CONDITIONS/ RIP CURRENTS
Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents. Atlantic Beach is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water. The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches throughout the middle of the next week, leading to extremely dangerous conditions for swimming.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Effective at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 2, 2020, the Town of Atlantic Beach has issued a State of Emergency declaration. The approaching storm is anticipated to impact our local area. Residents, guests, and businesses should begin preparations now by securing furnishings around their property, yards, and outside decks.
EVACUATION ORDERS
Current predictions HAVE NOT triggered an evacuation order for Atlantic Beach, nor do we intend to impose a curfew for Monday night. The high rise bridge will remain passable WITHOUT a need for Re-entry Passes.
GENERAL PREPAREDNESS
We anticipate high winds, heavy rains, and the potential loss of power due to the storm. Residents and guests should be prepared to shelter in place with sufficient food, water, and medical supplies. This is a quick-moving storm, so we are hoping to get back to normal on Tuesday.
STORMWATER PREPARATION
Town staff members have inspected all storm drain inlets, pumps, ditches, and associated infrastructure.   In advance of the storm, emergency fuel, generators, and mobile pumps are staged and ready to deploy if needed.
TOWN HALL HOURS
Atlantic Beach Town Hall will open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4. All other departments will operate on their normal schedules.
POWER OUTAGES
Before the storm hits, customers can sign up to receive outage alerts and should make sure their contact information is up to date and select their communication preferences.
Customers who experience a power outage can report it the following ways:
  • Visit duke-energy.com on a desktop computer or mobile device.
  • Use the Duke Energy mobile app – download the Duke Energy App from a smartphone via Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply).
  • Duke Energy Carolinas: 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
  • Duke Energy Progress: 800-419-6356
For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy). See the outage map at www.duke-energy.com/outages.
Stay Safe! Thanks for your cooperation,
David Walker
Atlantic Beach Town Manager

Hurricane Isaias Update #13

Town of Emerald Isle – Hurricane Isaias: Update #5

Tropical Storm Isaias Update #5
Trash Service Adjustment
August 3, 2020
1:30 PM
Due to extremely heavy winds expected overnight, Trash collection is CANCELED for Tuesday August 4, 2020.
  • Wednesday- Recycling collection is expected town wide
  • Thursday- Regular sound side trash service is expected
  • Friday- Regular ocean side trash service is expected
 Do your part & Help move your cart!
  • Please secure all trash and recycling cans at/near your home ASAP
  • Please DO NOT place any cans (trash or recycling) at the curb today
  • Wait until the storm system and heavy winds move out of the area, before putting carts at the street.
 Thank you all for your help and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Town of Emerald Isle at 252-354-3424.
Matt Zapp
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594
252-354-3424
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Hurricane Isaias Update #12

Town of Emerald Isle – Hurricane Isaias: Update #4

Tropical Storm Isaias: Update #4
Monday August 3, 2020
11:00 AM
Tropical Storm Isaias continues to track northward and is expected to arrive/impact North Carolina late Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday.
High winds, heavy rainfall, and potential tornados could impact our coastal region.
Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents. Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water.
For the latest video update from the National Weather Service, follow this link:
COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
Public messaging is expected to continue throughout the duration of the event. For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org , follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app.
YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION SUSPENDED
Until further notice, yard debris collection is suspended. Residents are asked to STOP placing loose material at the roadway. Following the storm, collection services will resume.
TRASH COLLECTION
Regular ocean side trash service will be provided today, Monday August 3, 2020.
Staff is monitoring the weather and will make adjustments to the trash/recycling collections (as needed) for Tuesday and Wednesday. Any changes to service will be announced ASAP.
OCEAN CONDITIONS/ RIP CURRENTS
Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents. Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water. The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches through the middle of the next week, leading to extremely dangerous conditions for swimming.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Effective at 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle issued a State of Emergency declaration. The approaching storm is anticipated to impact our local area. Residents, guests, and businesses should begin preparations now.
EVACUATION ORDERS
As of 11:00 AM on Monday, current predictions have NOT triggered an evacuation order.
GENERAL PREPAREDNESS
Residents and guests should anticipate high winds, heavy rains, and the potential loss of power due to the storm. Residents and guests should be prepared to shelter in place with sufficient food, water and medical supplies.
STORMWATER PREPARATION
The Town of Emerald Isle’s stormwater system is operational and clear of debris. Staff has inspected all storm drain inlets, pumps, ditches, and associated infrastructure. In advance of the storm, emergency fuel, generators, and mobile pumps are staged on the island. These items will be utilized (as needed) in flood prone areas.
Be prepared & stay safe!
Matt
Matt Zapp
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594
252-354-3424
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Hurricane Isaias Update #11

We are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias – Message from Bluewater UPDATE #4 8.3.2020

The latest NOAA update from 8:00AM on Monday, August 3, 2020 shows Tropical Storm Isaias continuing as a tropical storm when it reaches our area, which is projected to impact the Crystal Coast late Monday evening through mid-day Tuesday. At this time our offices will remain open and operating on a normal schedule from 8:30AM TO 5:00PM. 

Bluewater staff will not be prepping properties, but we have asked your guests in to help prep your home. Below is the guest hurricane prep list provided to all guests. 

GUEST HURRICANE PREP LIST:

Bring in small items that may become airborne (Flags, beach toys, beach chairs, etc.)

— Bring in all all lightweight patio chairs

–Try to secure trash cans and grills 

–Shut and latch all windows, doors, sliders, and storm doors

–Close curtains and blinds

–Turn off propane tanks (if applicable)

–Turn off hot tub and place the cover in the outside shower (if applicable)

– Please Note: Bluewater Pools will be coming by to serviced homes with hot tubs to secure the covers. 

–Latch outside shower (if applicable)

–It is likely you will lose power for the duration of the storm. You will not need to call Bluewater, the local power company will be aware of outages. You should refrain from opening the refrigerator and freezer doors while the power is out to keep your items cool. 

It is important to be prepared and stay informed, below is a list of items to have on hand:

-Three day supply of drinking water

-Non-Perishable Foods

-Flashlights 

-Batteries 

-Radio 

-Charged Cell Phone

-Prescription Drugs

-First Aid Kit

We will continue to closely monitor the storm and keep our guests and owners up-to-date on any changes. 

You can follow the same updates we are monitoring here —

Bluewater Website: www.BluewaterNC.com

Bluewater Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BluewaterRealEstate

National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Town of Emerald Isle: www.emeraldisle-nc.orgTown of Atlantic Beach: www.atlanticbeach-nc.com

Hurricane Isaias Update #10

We are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias and we need your help – Message from Bluewater UPDATE #4 8.3.2020

MESSAGE FROM BLUEWATER:

The latest NOAA update from 8:00AM on Monday, August 3, 2020 shows Tropical Storm Isaias continuing as a tropical storm when it reaches our area, which is projected to impact the Crystal Coast late Monday evening through mid-day Tuesday. At this time our offices will remain open and operating on a normal schedule from 8:30AM TO 5:00PM. 

Bluewater staff will not be prepping properties, but we would really appreciate you helping us with a few easy hurricane prep items at the property you are staying at. 

GUEST HURRICANE PREP LIST: 

Bring in small items that may become airborne (Flags, beach toys, beach chairs, etc.)

— Bring in all all lightweight patio chairs

–Try to secure trash cans and grills 

–Shut and latch all windows, doors, sliders, and storm doors

–Close curtains and blinds

–Turn off propane tanks (if applicable)

–Turn off hot tub and place the cover in the outside shower (if applicable)

– Please Note: Bluewater Pools will be coming by to serviced homes with hot tubs to secure the covers. 

–Latch outside shower (if applicable)

–It is likely you will lose power for the duration of the storm. You will not need to call Bluewater, the local power company will be aware of outages. You should refrain from opening the refrigerator and freezer doors while the power is out to keep your items cool. 

It is important to be prepared and stay informed, below is a list of items to have on hand:

-Three day supply of drinking water

-Non-Perishable Foods

-Flashlights 

-Batteries 

-Radio 

-Charged Cell Phone

-Prescription Drugs

-First Aid Kit

We will continue to closely monitor the storm and keep our guests and owners up-to-date on any changes. 

Due to high call volume, we strongly encourage you to contact our staff by email at rentals@bluewaternc.com or by text message at (252) 429-5447. We advise you to monitor the same information as we are following issued by NOAA and our local towns. 

You can follow the same updates we are monitoring here —

Bluewater Website: www.BluewaterNC.com

Bluewater Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BluewaterRealEstate

National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Town of Emerald Isle: www.emeraldisle-nc.orgTown of Atlantic Beach: www.atlanticbeach-nc.com

Hurricane Isaias Update #9

Town of Emerald Isle – Tropical Storm Isaias: Update #3 8.2.2020

Tropical Storm Isaias: Update #3
Sunday August 2, 2020
3:00 PM
 
Tropical Storm Isaias is tracking northward and is expected to arrive/impact North Carolina on Monday August 3 and Tuesday August 4, 2020.
High winds, heavy rainfall, and potential tornados could impact our coastal region.
The Town of Emerald Isle is preparing now. All town staff and first responders are on storm ready alert.
Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents.  Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water.
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are very unpredictable.  Carteret County Emergency Services and the Town of Emerald Isle are actively monitoring the storm.  If conditions worsen, the Town of Emerald Isle will take swift action and communicate with the public.
For the latest video update from the National Weather Service, follow this link:
YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION SUSPENDED
Until further notice, yard debris collection is suspended.  Residents are asked to STOP placing loose material at the roadway.  Following the storm, collection services will resume.
TRASH COLLECTION
Regular ocean side trash service will be provided on Monday August 3, 2020.
Staff is monitoring the weather and will make adjustments to the trash/recycling collections (as needed) for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Any changes to service will be announced ASAP.
OCEAN CONDITIONS/ RIP CURRENTS
Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents.  Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water.  The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches through the middle of the next week, leading to extremely dangerous conditions for swimming.
COMMUNICATION PLAN
Public messaging is expected to continue throughout the duration of the event.  For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org , follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app.
SITUATIONAL UPDATE
Tropical Storm Isaias, currently located within 50 miles of the east coast of Florida, is forecast to maintain its intensity and lift northeastward toward the Carolina coast Monday night and Tuesday, passing through the Coastal Plain of Eastern North Carolina.
Tropical storm force winds are possible across the area. This could lead to some downed trees and widely scattered power outages. A few tornadoes are possible Monday night and Tuesday, which could lead to locally enhanced damage.
Minor to locally moderate inundation from storm surge is possible for low lying area adjacent to the ocean, sounds and rivers, with overwash of dunes and flooding of properties and roadways possible for locations where dune structures are weak. Impacts at specific locations will be highly track dependent.
Dangerous marine conditions are also expected, with seas building to 8 to 16 feet creating treacherous conditions for mariners.
Periods of locally heavy rain are likely especially along and west of Highway 17, with the potential for localized minor flooding of low lying areas. River levels could reach and exceed flood stage a couple days after Isaias exits the Carolinas. Widespread flooding is not expected.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
Effective at 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle issued a State of Emergency declaration.  The approaching storm is anticipated to impact our local area.  Residents, guests, and businesses should begin preparations now.
EVACUATION ORDERS
As of 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, current predictions have NOT triggered an evacuation order.
GENERAL PREPAREDNESS
Residents and guests should anticipate high winds, heavy rains, and the potential loss of power due to the storm. Residents and guests should be prepared to shelter in place with sufficient food, water and medical supplies.
STORMWATER PREPARATION
The Town of Emerald Isle’s stormwater system is operational and clear of debris.  Staff has inspected all storm drain inlets, pumps, ditches, and associated infrastructure.   In advance of the storm, emergency fuel, generators, and mobile pumps are staged on the island.  These items will be utilized (as needed) in flood prone areas.
ACTION STEPS
We encourage you to stay off the roads during heavy rains.  If you intend to leave island, do not wait until the storm arrives.  Plan ahead and leave early.
Additionally, follow these tips to reduce property damage and stay safe:

* Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, remove the swings on your child’s swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.

* Move furnishings and valuables to the highest point in your house.

* Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy in case of loss of power. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.

* If you lose power, turn off all major appliances to avoid a power surge when the power is turned back on.

* Do not drive or walk through standing water. Water can be deeper than it appears, and two feet of water can sweep away most cars and six inches of moving water can sweep you away when walking.
Matt Zapp
Town Manager
Town of Emerald Isle
7500 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC  28594
252-354-3424
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Hurricane Isaias Update #8

We are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias Message from Bluewater UPDATE #3 8.2.2020

MESSAGE FROM BLUEWATER:

PLEASE NOTE: At this time there are no mandatory evacuations in place for our area. 

What does this mean? You and your vacationing party are still able to vacation and begin check-in as normal. Our offices will remain open and operating on a normal schedule from 8:30AM TO 5:00PM. 

The latest NOAA update from 8:00AM on Sunday, August 2, 2020 shows Tropical Storm Isaias continuing as a tropical storm when it reaches our area, which is projected to impact the Crystal Coast late Monday evening through mid-day Tuesday. We are not planning to prep properties and there is currently no mandatory evacuation required by the local towns. 

 Can I check-in this weekend? Yes, we look forward to inviting you to the Crystal Coast. Please refer to your check-in emails you received in the last week with your check-in details. Check-in will not begin until 3pm for most properties. Your check-in time is stated on your check-in emails and your vacation rental agreement. NOAA is projecting 50-60 mph and possibly up to 70 mph sustained winds for our area. 

 Will Travel Insurance Cover my stay? No. Travel Insurance will not cover any days lost due to Isaias without the mandatory evacuation. 

We will closely monitor the storm and keep our guests and owners up-to-date on any changes. 

Due to high call volume, we strongly encourage you to contact our staff by email at rentals@bluewaternc.com or by text message at (252) 429-5447. We advise you to monitor the same information as we are following issued by NOAA and our local towns. 

You can follow the same updates we are monitoring here —

Bluewater Website: www.BluewaterNC.com

Bluewater Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BluewaterRealEstate

National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Town of Emerald Isle: www.emeraldisle-nc.org

Town of Atlantic Beach: www.atlanticbeach-nc.com