Latest headlines, closures for Hurricane Isaias

Cape Fear region braces for Isaias

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Here’s the latest on Isaias as it approaches North Carolina.

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Wave Transit: All Wave Transit services, including the Downtown Trolley and Paratransit service, will cease at 6 p.m. Monday, August 3 to ensure the safety of passengers and employees. Tuesday’s service has been delayed and will start at 9 a.m. For further information and updates, click here.

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority: Customer Service Center at 235 Government Center Drive will close for in-person services at 4 p.m. Monday, August 3 and reopen at noon Tuesday, August 4. The Customer Service Center at 305 Chestnut Street will close at 3 p.m. Monday. Click here for more details.

New Hanover County Schools: NHCS schools and administrative buildings will close at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 3. August 3 meal service will continue as scheduled. NHCS schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 4 for students and staff in Plan C remote learning for schools in session. NHCS administrative buildings will remain closed on August 4 and there will be no summer meal service.

Bladen County Schools: All Bladen County Schools will close at 1 p.m. Monday. School operations will remain closed on Tuesday. Further assessments will be done Tuesday to determine the status of opening on Wednesday.

Brunswick Community College Closed Tuesday, August 4 at 12 p.m. BCC will reopen Wednesday and operate a regular schedule.

Cape Fear Community College will close at all campus locations for students, faculty, and staff in anticipation of inclement weather resulting from Hurricane Isaias beginning noon Monday, Aug. 3 through Tuesday, Aug. 4. Online classes will continue as scheduled, however, students experiencing connectivity issues due to the storm should contact their instructors as soon as possible.

Southeastern Community College will close at 3:30 p.m. Monday. This includes all activities and workforce continuing education classes. Online classes will continue as usual. The college will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

District Court will be closed on Tuesday in Brunswick and Columbus counties. Bladen County District Court will also be closed Tuesday.

Wilmington Housing Authority closes at noon Monday and will reopen Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Battleship North Carolina will close at noon Monday. It is expected to reopen to visitors at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Brunswick County offices closed Tuesday.

Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville has closed Monday.

Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area will close at 2 p.m. Monday. Once the storms have passed, staff will access the parks for damage and determine when the parks will reopen.

NHRMC will close all non-emergency entrances at 7 p.m. Monday as part of preparations for Isaias. The only exception will be for women in labor and their support person, who can go directly to the entrance of the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital at any time.

All NHRMC Emergency Departments will remain open through the storm, including those at NHRMC’s 17th Street Campus, Orthopedic Hospital, Pender Memorial Hospital and NHRMC Emergency Department - North.

The Latest Headlines

Red Cross issues advice on shelters

The American Red Cross recommends sheltering-in-place at home with family, friends or neighbors if it is safe. If evacuation is required, consider staying at a hotel; a shelter should be the last resort during the COVID-19 pandemic. To find a shelter, visit, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Residents can also check ReadyNC and each local county’s website for local shelter information. Further recommendations from the Red Cross for preparing for a hurricane can be found here.

Brunswick Co. opens two primary shelters

Brunswick County will open its two primary shelters Monday at noon for individuals who plan to leave their homes before Tropical Storm Isaias’ arrival Monday evening.

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Bladen County proclaims state of emergency and will open two shelters

Bladen County officials declared a state of emergency effective from 3 p.m. Monday August 3 and will open two shelters (East Bladen High School and Bladenboro Middle School) beginning at 7 p.m.

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Columbus County declares state of emergency

County shelters will not open for this event due to COVID-19 and requirements for shelters by the American Red Cross. County offices will be closed from 4 p.m. Monday until Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Dosher announces schedule changes due to Isaias

Dosher Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room is open and will remain operational for the duration of the storm, officials announced Monday.

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Belville, Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland, Southport declare states of emergency; Southport, Holden Beach put curfews in effect

Four more Brunswick County towns, Belville, Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland and Southport, have declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Isaias heads for the region.

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Carolina Beach recommends voluntary evacuation for visitors, will activate emergency operations center Monday night

The Town of Carolina Beach is activating its Emergency Operations Center at 7 p.m. Monday night ahead of Isaias.

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New Hanover County Schools schedule changes and closures for Isaias

New Hanover County Schools has announced some changes as Isaias approaches the region.

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New Hanover County modifies hours of operation, plans to declare state of emergency ahead of Isaias

New Hanover County is modifying office hours and planning on declaring a state of emergency Monday as Isaias approaches the region.

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Bald Head Island sets curfew for Monday night

The Village of Bald Head Island will initiate a curfew Monday night beginning at 5 p.m. in advance of the arrival of Isaias.

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NHRMC issues Isaias information for patients and visitors

Isaias is expected to impact the Cape Fear region starting Monday evening and New Hanover Regional Medical Center is issuing guidance for patients and visitors.

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Gov. Cooper gives update on Isaias preparations

Governor Roy Cooper is giving an update on state preparations ahead of Isaias.

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Surf City declares a state of emergency as Isaias approaches

Mayor of Surf City Doug Medlin has declared a state of emergency for the coastal town effective at 1 p.m. today. Starting this evening public parks along with beach access will be closed to the public.

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Kure Beach declares state of emergency ahead of Isaias, no evacuations ordered

Leaders in Kure Beach have declared a state of Emergency as Isaias continues to make its way towards the East Coast.

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Brunswick County encourages residents to consider shelters a ‘last resort’

Brunswick County has announced two emergency shelter locations ahead of Hurricane Isaias, although, at the time neither shelters have been opened.

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New Hanover County to open modified Emergency Operations Center Monday

New Hanover County continues to monitor Isaias as it approaches the region and on Monday, the county Emergency Operations Center will be activated.

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Oak Island declares state of emergency, issues voluntary evacuation for non-residents

The Town of Oak Island has declared a state of emergency as Isaias continues it’s path towards the region.

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Governor Cooper activates National Guard as Isaias approaches

Whether Isaias is a tropical storm or a hurricane, Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging residents to take the threat seriously and has approved the activation of the National Guard.

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UNCW to close residence halls Monday ahead of Isaias

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) campus will reopen Wednesday August 5 and resume normal operations.

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