Hurricane Florence Update – 9/11/18 at 10:55 a.m.
MANDATORY evacuation orders for all visitors to Caswell Beach, Oak Island and Southport are in effect. Any current short-term guests that have not evacuated the area should do so immediately.
For tenants in our long-term properties, MANDATORY evacuation orders have now been issued for all residents of Oak Island and Southport.
Today, our staff will be calling all current guests who have not checked out as of yet. We will also be securing our vacation rental properties ahead of the storm. We ask that our future guests, long term tenants and property owners monitor our website and Facebook page where we will make further updates as those become available.
As of noon (closing time updated in response to mandatory evacuation order for OKI residents) today our office will be closing until further notice so that our staff may evacuate or make other accommodations for their safety during the storm. Tenants and property owners should note that our phones will be off and our after hours emergency line services will be suspended starting at noon today until our staff can safely make it back to the island after the storm.
Hurricane Florence is a large storm (approximately 300 miles across) and is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas as a dangerous category 4 storm, with sustained winds of 140 mph and gusts of 165 mph. It is possible that Florence could strengthen to a near category 5 hurricane today.
In addition to our area seeing wind impacts, there is the potential for dangerous storm surge, flooding and tornadoes. There is a high likelihood of dangerous maritime and surf conditions along with rip currents, large breakers and steep seas.
Once Florence makes landfall, the storm will move very slowly. Our little corner of North Carolina is expected to see close to 8 inches of rain. Other areas of eastern NC are predicted to receive 16+ inches of rain. As rivers crest in eastern NC, many roads will become impassable. If you have a reservation to arrive over the next week, DO NOT BEGIN YOUR TRAVELS. We will make updates on our website and on social media when the local authorities have lifted the mandatory evacuation for visitors and our island is welcoming visitors again.