Town of Ocean Isle Beach
Posted on Wednesday October 10, 2018

Hurricane Michael Update


As of the 5:00 AM update, Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 storm with maximum winds of 140 mph.  The storm is located 140 miles SW of Apalachicola, FL and is moving to the North at 13 MPH.  The pressure of the storm is 943 MB (27.85 inches).  Some additional strengthening is possible prior to landfall along the Gulf coast.  The storm is expected to weaken after landfall but will produce impacts across the Carolinas, especially during Thursday.  Rainfall amounts for our coastal area is expected to be between 2-3 inches with locally higher amounts possible.  Coastal flooding of 2 to 3 feet above ground level is possible, especially with each high tide between now and Friday morning.  The highest risk of storm surge will occur Thursday, and vulnerable low spots along the beaches or those locations where the shoreline was weakened from Florence are at the greatest risk. 


Based on the latest track, Tropical storm force winds are most likely to arrive by early Thursday morning and peak in the afternoon. Along the coast sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts of 50-55 mph are predicted. The storm is expected to move quickly across the Carolinas and winds should improve by Thursday night for southeast NC.


A few tornadoes are possible as the storm moves by the area.  The greatest risk is across southern SC, southern GA and northern FL on Wednesday but the focus shifts into the eastern Carolinas Thursday. 


The Town of Ocean Isle Beach has declared a State of Emergency effective Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM.  Due to anticipated winds the Town will maintain basic services (Fire, EMS and Police) to the extent reasonably possible during the storm, however, there is no guarantee that services will be provided at normal levels and thus individuals with known medical or other physical needs should leave the island upon notice of declaration of a State of Emergency.


Water and Sewer services will continue on the island until such time that these services may be compromised by power outages. 


Please keep in mind that the Odell Williamson Bridge will be closed to traffic should sustained wind speeds reach 50 mph or greater.  The bridge would reopen when conditions subside and passage is deemed safe by the Chief of Police. 


Town Hall and outside departments will be closed on Thursday due to the approaching storm but will reopen on Friday morning weather permitting. 


Residents and rental agencies are encouraged to take action now to secure trash cans, furniture and any loose items in around their property.  All other preliminary storm precautions should also be implemented at this time.


During a State of Emergency all persons remaining on the island will be restricted to their private property due to the potential for injury from storm-related utilities and possible infrastructure damage. 


Daisy L. Ivey
Town Administrator/Finance Officer
Town of Ocean Isle Beach
3 W Third Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC  28469
PH:  910-579-2166  Fax:  910-579-5529
[email protected]


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