Evacuations in preparation of Dorian impacts

Burgaw, Surf City, Topsail Beach declare states of emergency ahead of Dorian impacts

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. (WECT) - Several areas in southeastern North Carolina have declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.

New Hanover County

New Hanover County declared a State of Emergency at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

“A State of Emergency declaration will provide the county with additional powers, and expedites the mobilization of emergency management resources that may be necessary to rescue, evacuate, shelter and provide essential commodities to our community,” officials said in a new release.

The county issued a mandatory evacuation for Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Figure Eight Island Wednesday morning.

A voluntary evacuation will be ordered to those living in low-lying, flood-prone areas in Wilmington and New Hanover County began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Wilmington

Wilmington declared a State of Emergency, Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

Kure Beach

The town declared a state of emergency at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Wrightsville Beach

The Board of Aldermen issued a state of emergency effective 5 p.m. Tuesday, and it will remain in effect until further notice.

Pender County

Pender County authorities declared a state of emergency effective Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 8 a.m. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully activated..

Surf City

The town of Surf City declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

A mandatory evacuation for all visitors and a voluntary evacuation for residents is in effect. A mandatory evacuation for all residents went into effect at 12 p.m. Wednesday. Water and sewer services will begin shutting down on the island at noon Wednesday.

Burgaw

A state of emergency went into effect for the Town of Burgaw at 5 p.m. Sunday.

“This declaration was issued ahead of Hurricane Dorian and allows the Town to proceed with preparations for possible impacts from the storm and to be in position for aid from FEMA, if necessary,” town officials stated in a new release. “The current State of Emergency does not place any restrictions on town residents. As the Town continues to monitor the track of the storm, we will determine if any further action is necessary.”

Topsail Beach

A state of emergency went into effect at noon on Sunday for the Town of Topsail Beach.

“The State of Emergency allows the Town to proceed with preparations for possible impacts from the storm and to be in position for aid from FEMA if necessary,” town officials said in a Facebook post. “The current State of Emergency does not call for voluntary or mandatory evacuation. As the Town monitors the track of the storm, we will determine any further action necessary.”

Town officials also said that in an effort to clear the roads of potential debris, the bulk item pick-up normally scheduled for Friday will be on Wednesday this week.

Brunswick County

Brunswick County declared a state of emergency at 7 a.m. Tuesday. A voluntary evacuation for unincorporated areas was issued Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 8 a.m.

Sunset Beach

A state of emergency and a voluntary evacuation order were issued effective 12 p.m. Tuesday. All residents, visitors, and business owners are required to vacate the island a soon as possible. A police officer will be stationed at the base of the Sunset Beach bridge stopping all in-bound traffic beginning at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4th.

Brunswick County Public Utilities has advised the Town that the water and sewer system will be turned off at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Leland

The town of Leland declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, effective immediately. A voluntary evacuation has been issued.

Bald Head Island

A state of emergency went into effect for the Village of Bald Head Island at 9 a.m. Monday.

The village is under a mandatory evacuation under the governor’s executive order. The people of the village is effective Wednesday at 8 a.m. The ferry will continue to operate as long as the weather permits.

Town of Oak Island

A state of emergency will go into effect for the Town of Oak Island at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 3 until further notice.

A mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents is in effect.

Southport

A state of emergency went into effect at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Boiling Spring Lakes

A state of emergency went into effect at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Belville

A state of emergency went into effect at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3. Town officials have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents living in low-lying areas, mobile homes, and structures that will not sustain high winds.

Ocean Isle Beach

A state of emergency went into effect Tuesday morning.

A mandatory evacuation is in effect. All vacationers/non-residents must evacuate by 8 a.m. Wednesday. All property owners/residents must evacuate by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunset Beach

A state of emergency and a voluntary evacuation order were issued effective 12 p.m. Tuesday. The evacuation order covers the island and low-lying areas on the mainland.

Columbus County

Columbus County officials have declared a state of emergency, effect at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. An announcement concerning shelter openings will be made later.

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