The Mayor, Town Council, and Town Administration are continuing to monitor the forecast and expected path of Hurricane Isaias.
Town staff reviewed the Town’s Emergency Operations Plan this week, and began preparing for the storm. Contractors were notified to secure job sites, and our Damage Assessment Team is on call.
While we will continue to monitor all of the available data from official sources, at this time, we do not anticipate ordering any mandatory evacuations. We hope visitors will also monitor the forecast before traveling to Oak Island. Depending on the severity of the storm, it’s possible sewer service could be unavailable in the beach areas during and after the storm.
The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for rip currents, meaning life threatening rip currents are likely. Check https://www.weather.gov/beach/ilm for the rip current forecast. As of Saturday morning, the forecast shows a potential of 4-6 inches of rain, so flooding and storm surge are concerns as well, especially in low-lying areas. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph are expected along the coast, and may reach hurricane force level. Tropical force winds are expected by Monday evening in southeastern North Carolina.
We will continue to provide updates on our website, www.oakislandnc.com, on Facebook and Twitter, and on our emergency phone line, 910-201-8088. Sign up for email notifications on our website, www.oakislandnc.com.