Town of Ocean Isle Beach
HURRICANE MATTHEW 8am (Update 10-6-16)
Tracking Matthew OIB -
Posted on Thursday October 06, 2016
Hurricane Matthew

8:00 AM EDT Thursday October 6, 2016 Update


The Town of Ocean Isle Beach will issue a State of Emergency and Voluntary Evacuation beginning at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Brunswick County has indicated that it is likely that the County will open shelters on Friday at West Brunswick High School (Pet Friendly) and North Brunswick High School. 

Due to the uncertainty in the tract of this storm and the predicted path and affects from Matthew at this time, the Town has issued a Voluntary Evacuation.  Please remember during a Voluntary Evacuation the Town will maintain basic services (EMS, Fire and Police) to the extent reasonably possible during a hurricane.  However, it is possible that a Mandatory Evacuation could be necessary, at which time these services may not be available depending on the strength of the storm.  

It is important to note that the Odell Williamson Bridge will be closed to traffic should there be sustained winds of 50 mph or greater.  The bridge would not be reopened until conditions subside and passage is deemed safe by the Chief of Police.  

At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 24.6 North, longitude 77.5 West. Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today.  A turn toward the north-northwest is expected tonight.  On the forecast track, the eye of Matthew should pass near Andros Island and New Providence in the northwestern Bahamas during the next few hours, pass near Grand Bahama Island late today, and move very close to the east coast of the
Florida peninsula tonight through Friday night.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds remain near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts.  Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is expected today, and Matthew is forecast to be a category 4 hurricane as it approaches the east coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km). Nassau in the Bahamas recently reported sustained winds of 50 mph (80 km/h) with a wind gust of 61 mph (98 km/h).

The latest minimum central pressure estimated by a reconnaissance aircraft was 940 mb (27.76 inches).

Models now show Hurricane Matthew making landfall near the Florida coast and then paralleling the Georgia and South Carolina coast before taking a sweeping hook off of the coast of North Carolina.
Rainfall amounts may total in excess of 10 inches. Due to already saturated soils a flash flood watch may be issued at some point for our area.  We can expect moderate to heavy rainfall Friday night into Saturday.  
Matthew is expected to expand in size as it goes farther north with winds increasing Friday night into early Saturday morning and peaking on Saturday.  Winds speed is predicted at 40-50 mph sustained with gust up to 60 mph. Stronger winds will be on back side of storm.  
Storm surge predictions are 4-6 ft.  High tide for our area will be early Saturday morning between 12-1 AM and then again Saturday at 1-2 PM.  


It is important that you stay informed in regards to this storm.  Please continue to make preparations for this storm and be prepared. This site will be updated periodically as new information is available

Daisy L. Ivey
Town Administrator/Finance Officer


Town of Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach | Three West Third Street Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469  |  Phone: 910-579-2166  |  Fax: 910-579-8804
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