Hurricane Florence Update – Mandatory Evacuations Ordered for ALL of Oak Island and Southport (9/11/18 10:55 a.m.)

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.

Hurricane Florence – Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for Visitors as of 9/10/18

The Town of Caswell Beach and the Town of Oak Island have issued mandatory evacuations for all non-residents beginning at 11 a.m. (for Caswell) and noon (for Oak Island) 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. Guests staying in a keyless entry property should email our guest services department notifying us or your departure. All guests who are scheduled to check into a vacation rental over the coming week 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 Florence has left our area. As weather forecasts are also predicting significant rainfall to impact eastern North Carolina, guests should not begin their travels to the area before they are notified by our staff of the condition of their vacation rental. Guests who purchased travel insurance prior to Florence becoming a named storm should contact Red Sky travel insurance to file a claim or answer any questions concerning insurance coverage.

Update 9/10/18 at 2:15 p.m.

The City of Southport has also issued a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and tourists. See below for full details from Southport Mayor Jerry Dove:

A State of Emergency will take effect at 2:15 p.m. within the City of Southport due to potential severe weather conditions on this Monday, September 10, 2018.

That pursuant to this declared state of emergency, the following shall apply:

  1. Mandatory Evacuation of All Visitors and Tourists, September 10, 2018
  2. Voluntary Evacuation of Southport Residents, September 10, 2018
  3. Mandatory Evacuation of Southport Residents beginning Wednesday September  12, 2018, 8:00 a.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update 10/10/16

OIA staff members have completed assessments of all vacation rental properties. Guests who were scheduled to check in between 10/8/16 and 10/10/16 to a vacation rental that is able to be occupied immediately following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew have been contacted. Guests who were scheduled to check in during this same period to a property that is currently not able to be occupied based on assessments will be contacted starting tomorrow. Any guests who will be heading to the Caswell Beach, Oak Island or Southport areas this week should continue to monitor road conditions throughout North Carolina before beginning their trips (https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=13121) . Roads leading to the area may be impassable as rivers begin to crest. According to The Weather Channel “though the rain ended on Sunday, and it should remain dry for many days ahead, rivers will still be rising in some locations or remain high. That could lead to additional record flooding at some gauges.” The Oak Island Accommodations office will be operating under normal business hours beginning tomorrow.

Hurricane Matthew Update 1:45 pm 10/9/16

10/9/16 1:45 p.m. Hurricane Matthew Update: East and West Beach drive is in the process of removing sand and railroad ties that were used for parking and other debris. There was significant flooding especially around the Middleton area on the beach. If there were any homes with a ground level, it is most likely flooded. Ocean drive is flooded from Barbee through 74th street. Caswell Beach road looked good other than in front of the Lighthouse/Coast Guard station. There seems to only be minimal wind damage such as siding and fences down. However, a home can look good on the outside and be a totally different story on the inside. This is why we will enter each home that we can get into beginning tomorrow morning. Yes, we are still closed today to give our employees time to get back and assess their own properties, and to allow the Towns to clean up debris and roads. Please stay tuned to our website or this page for further updates.

Hurricane Matthew Update 10/9/16

Sunday, October 9th 9:49 a.m.: Unfortunately, Hurricane Matthew has left a path of destruction on Oak Island. Several sections of East and West Beach drive are impassable, as well as Ocean Drive and Caswell Beach Rd. The Town of Oak Island is out assessing damages and clearing debris. Our office will remain closed today since we are unable to do a full damage assessment, allowing the Town of Oak Island and Caswell Beach to clear roads and assess damages. Guests who have reservations to arrive this week, please stay tuned to this page and our website as to when we will be accepting check-ins. To our property owners, we plan to begin damage assessments tomorrow morning and will update you as soon as possible.

Update 10/7/16 – Hurricane Matthew

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.

10/6/16 Update – Hurricane Matthew

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.

Hurricane Matthew Update 10/5/16

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.

Hurricane Matthew

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.