IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EMERGENCY MANAGER
Wednesday, September 4 2019 at 9:00 pm
MANDATORY TOWN EVACUATION
The opportunity for evacuating is quickly closing. As stated earlier the bridge will close at sustained winds of 45 mph. Based on the current forecast this will occur in the late morning or early afternoon Thursday. Citizens are encouraged to evaluate their personal hurricane plan and take this opportunity to leave in the early morning.
This storm is forecast to have wind speeds in Kure Beach that exceed Hurricane Florence by 15-20 mph based on the recent forecast. This is a significant increase in power as wind speed impacts to structures are an exponential increase in damage.
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 FROM PREVIOUS FORECASTS- The current forecast has tropical storm winds arriving in Kure Beach during the early to mid-morning hours on Thursday, September 5th. National Hurricane Center forecast has over a 60% 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 this lines up with the current potential landfall in the area. With the expected large sea state and the timing of the storm, significant beach erosion is possible. The beach is already showing significant erosion. 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. All residents of Front Row homes should have plans to not stay in those properties during the storm.
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 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. Anyone who stays in Kure Beach should be prepared to be without power for an extended time period.
Carolina Beach has announced a curfew at 8:00 pm tomorrow September 5th. Kure Beach will be evaluating the storm at its 7:00 am meeting and will make an announcement tomorrow morning regarding this issue.
Mayor Pro Tem/Emergency Manager David Heglar