After consulting with the Towns of Caswell Beach, Oak Island and local emergency management officials, the Oak Island Accommodations office will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016, until further notice. All guests should heed the mandatory evacuation orders and check out before our office closes today. Our staff will be hunkering down during the storm. In the case of a true emergency property owners who have chosen to remain on the island should dial 911. For guests who are scheduled to check in today through next week, you should not come until the evacuation orders are lifted and our website notes that we are accepting check-ins again. We do not anticipate that these orders will be lifted until Tuesday based on the rainfall projections and flash flood warnings. Please continue to monitor our website and Facebook page where we will post updates on when guests will be able to check in next week.
UPDATE 10/6/16 at 10:35 a.m.: The Town of Caswell Beach and the Town of Oak Island have now issued mandatory evacuations for all non-residents beginning at noon today. Guests should remove their personal belongings from the vacation rental and empty the refrigerator of perishables. All keys must be returned to the Oak Island Accommodations office prior to departure. All guests who are scheduled to check into a vacation rental today through Sunday will not be able to check in until the towns lift the mandatory evacuation orders and OIA staff members have completed inspections of all vacation rentals for damages after Hurricane Matthew has left our area.
The Town of Oak Island is calling for a voluntary evacuation of visitors in low-lying areas and oceanfront properties effective 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The town will close the bridges to the island if sustained winds reach at least 40 mph. If you are a current guest and choose to evacuate, you must return all keys to the Oak Island Accommodations office prior to your departure. For more information visit the town’s website.
Oak Island Accommodations is closely monitoring Hurricane Matthew this week. At this time, we anticipate operating under normal business hours through Friday. We will continue to post updates here as we approach the weekend. We recommend that property owners and guests follow the track of the storm via NOAA, The Weather Channel or a local news station such as WECT News. Please check back later in the week for more updates as the storm approaches.