IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR AND EMERGENCY MANAGER
Tuesday September 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Our vendor, Waste Management will be picking up recycling Wednesday morning. Please ensure that your containers are secured prior to evacuating to protect your property and your neighbors.
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. All citizens are encouraged to complete preparations of their property by the end of the day today and execute their personal hurricane plan during daylight hours tomorrow. Click here to view the signed Declaration of State of Emergency.
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. The bridge will be closed by the NC Highway Patrol once sustained winds of over 45 mph are observed and will remain closed throughout the event.
Current forecast shows extremely high seas with expected surge levels of 1-5 ft. 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.
Current forecasts show 4-10 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.
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 has not executed a curfew at this time, however during the storm and based on damage assessments following the storm, it is highly likely that any citizens who choose not to evacuate will be required to remain on their property until safety issues are resolved, power is restored and their neighbor’s access is restored.
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.
Mayor Pro-Tem/Emergency Manager David Heglar