Oct 13, 2018: Water Quality Tests show our ocean water quality levels returned to normal levels again. See full report from State testers on THIS LINK. Time to get back to LIFE at THE BEACH!
Oct 12: Storm winds subsided at Sunset Beach late in the afternoon of Oct 11. The town and beaches are up and running fine! No major damage, no tornados, no closings, but ocean water is still being tested by the State for bacteria safety levels due to runoff from Hurricane Florence.
Oct 11 at 9am: Hi Everyone: Hurricane Michael has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm.
A Tropical Storm Warning and Coastal Flood Warning remain in effect for our area. The National Weather Service is still predicting 1” to 3” of rainfall, sustained winds of 25 – 40 mph with gusts 40 – 55 mph, the possibility of tornados and the possibility of downed trees which could cause power outages or blocked roadways. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the event and only travel in emergency situations.
Lisa H. Anglin
Oct 10 at 915pm: Hi Everyone: Hurricane Michael, now a Category 1, is currently moving through Georgia and will cross into South Carolina overnight entering North Carolina early to mid-morning on Thursday. The earlier predictions have not changed; winds sustained at 35 – 45 mph, gusting to 50 – 55 mph, and 2” to 3” of rainfall is predicted for our area tomorrow. The threat of tornadoes will increase tomorrow morning/afternoon. The ground is saturated in many areas, it will not take as much wind to topple weakened trees which could cause power outages and downed trees across roadways.
A Coastal Flood Warning has been issued for our area as coastal flooding is possible, especially with each high tide tonight through Thursday. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors and only travel in the event of an emergency throughout the event.
Oct 10, 2018 at 3pm: First email notice from the Sunset Beach Town Hall (www.sunsetbeachnc.gov) :
Hi Everyone: Tropical Storm Warning, High Surf Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for our area. Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida panhandle earlier today. Hurricane Michael is expected to track Northeast throughout today, weakening along the way as it approaches our area Thursday morning.
Throughout Thursday, we can expect two (2) to three (3) inches of rainfall, with winds sustained along the coast at 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 50 – 55 mph. At this point, no evacuation orders are planned for the Town; however, Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for those in low lying and flood prone areas. West Brunswick High School located on Highway 130 in Shallotte will open as a shelter at 8:00 AM on Thursday morning for anyone that needs to evacuate.
As a reminder, the bridge will be closed by law enforcement when the sustained winds reach 45 mph. Anyone choosing to leave the island once the bridge is closed may do so, but will not be allowed to return to the island until the bridge re-opens. Also, at the point that the sustained winds reach 45 mph, law enforcement officers, fire personnel and medical responders from the Town and County will cease responding and shelter in place until the winds subside.
Lisa H. Anglin