IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EMERGENCY MANAGER
Wednesday, September 4 2019 at 9:00 am
MANDATORY TOWN EVACUATION
Based on the current forecast and the recommendations of the State of North Carolina and New Hanover County Emergency Management officials, the Town Council has declared a State of Emergency effective 2:00 pm Tuesday September 3 with a Mandatory Evacuation to commence at 8:00 am on Wednesday, September 4. Weather conditions are expected to begin deteriorating in the late evening hours Wednesday. Please take the opportunity to secure your property and execute your personal hurricane plan. Emergency Management recommendations from all levels - State of North Carolina, New Hanover County and the Town of Kure Beach is for you and your family to Evacuate at the earliest opportunity.
IF you decide to disregard this advice - RECOGNIZE that during the storm, you and your family are ON YOUR OWN. Be prepared to perform any emergency medical care for those staying in your household as well as any damage repairs during the storm necessary to stay safe. Following the storm, please ensure that you have food and drinking water for a minimum of 3 days. IF there is damage to the town and no power - you will be confined to your property until access is restored to the town for the citizens who wisely chose the safest alternative of evacuating. During the storm when the power goes out - DO NOT use candles - as a fire in tropical force winds represents a danger to you, your property and your neighbor’s property.
MINIMAL CHANGE AT THE 5 AM FORECAST- The current forecast has tropical storm winds arriving in Kure Beach during the early to mid-morning hours on Thursday, September 5. National Hurricane Center forecast has over a 40% probability of the Town having Hurricane force winds during the evening hours of Thursday into the early morning hours of Friday. NC Highway Patrol will close the bridge once sustained winds of over 45 mph are observed and will remain closed throughout the event.
INCREASED RISK - the updated forecast shows extremely high seas with expected surge levels of 5-7ft. High tide occurs at 1:22 pm Thursday and 1:34 am Friday morning. With the expected large sea state and the timing of the storm, significant beach erosion is possible. Please exercise extreme caution on the beach strand as first responders are completing storm preparations and lifeguards are not on duty. THERE IS AN INCREASED RISK OF SURGE DAMAGE TO FRONT ROW HOMES BASED ON THE UPDATED FORECAST.
INCREASED RISK - The updated forecast show 10-15 inches of rain expected with this event from Thursday morning through Friday mid-day. This is well below the 29 inches of rain that the town received during a similar timeframe with Hurricane Florence but does represent an increased risk of roadway and low-lying property flooding due to storm water.
With tropical storm and hurricane winds expected, there is a high likelihood of power outages throughout the Town. Power will not be restored until after the storm, during Hurricane Florence the power was not restored for 3-4 days.
The Town is not announcing a curfew with this update - however it will be discussed in conjunction with County and Carolina Beach leadership at meetings today. There will be a minimum of 6 hours’ notice of any curfew in Kure Beach.
DEBRIS at PROPERTIES
The Town has completed pickup of trash in garbage cans. During a drive of the Town this morning, multiple properties have debris at the roadside. Citizens are responsible for securing debris on their property. Citizens that have piled yard debris, appliances, trash or other items in front of their property must secure this debris prior to the storms arrival. This is important to protect your property as well as your neighbor’s property. Public Works is focusing on stormwater systems and securing Town buildings prior to the storms arrival. Any debris at the curbside will be charged the full amount if Public Works has the resources available to pick it up today during their preparations.
Mayor Pro-Tem/Emergency Manager David Heglar