Friday 7:15 a.m. update from the Town of Oak Island: The curfew is now in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday morning (Sept. 16) and could be extended if needed. Please stay home, stay off the roads and stay safe. Please remember that emergency services may not be able to get to you.
Both bridges are now closed and will remain closed until further notice.
After the storm, once it is safe to do so, we’ll send our damage assessment team out and make a decision about opening the bridges.
The National Weather Service briefing for this morning for the Wilmington area, which includes the Brunswick County beaches, made the following key points:
- Life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic flooding, long term major river flooding and wind damage are occurring or imminent.
- Impacts will continue over a long period of time given the storm’s slow motion.
- Major to record river flooding is likely through the upcoming week, especially those basins that receive significant rainfall
- Do not venture outdoors when the eye moves overhead, you may get caught outside when the strong winds increase again.
We will begin phone system maintenance between the hours of 5:05pm and 8:30am. If you try to reach us during this time at 910.278.6011 or 800.243.8132 you may receive an error message. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to speaking with you.
Oak Island sea turtle nesting has begun, so please help us help them.
Nesting season began on May 1st and will run through November 15th. Nests usually hatch between July and mid-October and incubation can be 50 to 80 days.
If you see a turtle please do not disturb her, stay back and allow her to settle and nest. Always observe at a distance.
If you find a stray hatchling, please place it in the water and notify the Oak Island Recreation Department at 910.278.5518. If it is after hours or there is a problem please contact the Police Department at 910.278.5595 non-emergency line.
Please remember to turn off ocean front lights during hatching season as the light disorients the hatchings and can cause them to move away from the ocean. Please fill in all holes dug in the sand, hatchlings crawl in and become easy prey for ghost crabs and sea gulls.