Hurricane Isaias

Updates for Caswell Beach, Oak Island and Southport, NC

I am a guest that is already checked in to my vacation rental. Will I need to evacuate?

Late Tuesday, August 5, 2020, the Town of Oak Island issued a MANDATORY evacuation order for sections of Oak Island. Read below for the full details.

“Due to the impact of Hurricane Isaias, the Town of Oak Island has amended the State of Emergency Declaration. The Declaration now includes the following restrictions:
– A MANDATORY EVACUATION is ordered for all non-residents (renters, vacationers and guests) AND residents effective at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in the following areas: All areas west of SE 40h Street on Beach Drive, Dolphin Drive and Pelican Drive and the side streets connecting to them;
– A CURFEW is in effect for the entire Town of Oak Island from 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 4 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, and for the same hours every night until further notice.
– Beach Drive, Dolphin Drive and Pelican Drive and the side streets connecting to them are CLOSED from SE 40th Street to the west end of the island.
– The beach is CLOSED from SE 40th Street to the west end of the island.
– The issuance of parking decals remains suspended until further notice.

Please Note: Property owners, residents, rental agencies and contractors working on a property in the affected area will be allowed to travel to the property to review damage and begin repairs. Proof of property ownership or residency will be required, or for contractors, documentation for work to be done on a property in the affected area must be provided by the property owner or rental agency.

Resources for Assistance:
• People displaced by hurricane damage or the mandatory evacuation may seek shelter at Brunswick County’s Town Creek school shelter
• Brunswick County has staff at Oak Island’s Fire Station 2 to assist with getting to the shelter; the number to call is 910-278-1000.
• The National Guard will be making rounds in the affected areas to offer assistance to those who need help evacuating and getting to shelter.
Update on Services:
• The Town is working to restore sewer and water service as quickly as possible. Town staff is also working with BEMC to restore power.
• Trash collection was not done on Tuesday; we will provide an update from GFL when that is rescheduled.”

I have a reservation with an arrival this weekend. Will I be able to check in to my vacation rental?

Oak Island Accommodations will operate as usual unless the local municipalities order a mandatory evacuation for visitors. We encourage all guests to monitor the pages of these municipalities (Town of Caswell Beach, Town of Oak Island and City of Southport) for the latest updates. If an evacuation is ordered, you should not begin your travel.

The Town of Oak Island released the following statement the morning of August 1, 2020: “The Mayor, Town Council, and Town Administration are continuing to monitor the forecast and expected path of Hurricane Isaias.

Town staff reviewed the Town’s Emergency Operations Plan this week, and began preparing for the storm. Contractors were notified to secure job sites, and our Damage Assessment Team is on call.

While we will continue to monitor all of the available data from official sources, at this time, we do not anticipate ordering any mandatory evacuations. We hope visitors will also monitor the forecast before traveling to Oak Island. Depending on the severity of the storm, it’s possible sewer service could be unavailable in the beach areas during and after the storm.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for rip currents, meaning life threatening rip currents are likely. Check https://www.weather.gov/beach/ilm for the rip current forecast. As of Saturday morning, the forecast shows a potential of 4-6 inches of rain, so flooding and storm surge are concerns as well, especially in low-lying areas. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph are expected along the coast, and may reach hurricane force level. Tropical force winds are expected by Monday evening in southeastern North Carolina.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, www.oakislandnc.com, on Facebook and Twitter, and on our emergency phone line, 910-201-8088. Sign up for email notifications on our website, www.oakislandnc.com.”

If a mandatory evacuation is ordered for Hurricane Isaias, how will I know when I can begin/resume my vacation?

If any local municipalities order a mandatory evacuation, the OIA office will reach out to affected guests directly by email. Updates will also be made on this page.

Has the Town of Oak Island issued any mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders?

Late Tuesday, August 5, 2020, the Town of Oak Island issued a MANDATORY evacuation order for sections of Oak Island. Read below for the full details.

“Due to the impact of Hurricane Isaias, the Town of Oak Island has amended the State of Emergency Declaration. The Declaration now includes the following restrictions:
A MANDATORY EVACUATION is ordered for all non-residents (renters, vacationers and guests) AND residents effective at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in the following areas: All areas west of SE 40h Street on Beach Drive, Dolphin Drive and Pelican Drive and the side streets connecting to them;
– A CURFEW is in effect for the entire Town of Oak Island from 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 4 until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, and for the same hours every night until further notice.
– Beach Drive, Dolphin Drive and Pelican Drive and the side streets connecting to them are CLOSED from SE 40th Street to the west end of the island.
– The beach is CLOSED from SE 40th Street to the west end of the island.
– The issuance of parking decals remains suspended until further notice.

Please Note: Property owners, residents, rental agencies and contractors working on a property in the affected area will be allowed to travel to the property to review damage and begin repairs. Proof of property ownership or residency will be required, or for contractors, documentation for work to be done on a property in the affected area must be provided by the property owner or rental agency.

Resources for Assistance:
• People displaced by hurricane damage or the mandatory evacuation may seek shelter at Brunswick County’s Town Creek school shelter
• Brunswick County has staff at Oak Island’s Fire Station 2 to assist with getting to the shelter; the number to call is 910-278-1000.
• The National Guard will be making rounds in the affected areas to offer assistance to those who need help evacuating and getting to shelter.
Update on Services:
• The Town is working to restore sewer and water service as quickly as possible. Town staff is also working with BEMC to restore power.
• Trash collection was not done on Tuesday; we will provide an update from GFL when that is rescheduled.”

Previously, on August 1, 2020, the latest information we have is that the Town of Oak Island has issued a voluntary evacuation for all non-residents (renters, vacationers and guests) effective at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

The state of emergency declaration issued by the Town of Oak Island further states that “the Town will maintain basic services (utilities, fire and police) to the extent possible during a hurricane, however, there is no guarantee that services will be provided at normal levels during or after the storm.

In the event that the track of the storm shifts or conditions intesify, then a mandatory evacuation may be required. Should additional evacuations be required, services listed above cannot be guaranteed.”

Has the Town of Caswell beach issued any voluntary evacuation orders?

The Town of Caswell Beach made an emergency declaration around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2020, that will go into effect at 6 p.m. that same day. The declaration states in part that it imposes “the following orders, prohibitions and restrictions:

  • A VOLUNTARY evacuation is ordered for all non-residents (renters, vacationers and guests), effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.
  • Violations of Town Ordinances during this State of Emergency shall be fined at a rate of $500.00 per occurrence.

The Town will maintain basic services to the extent possible during a hurricane, however, there is no guarantee that services will be provided at normal levels during or after the storm.

In the event that the track of the storm shifts or conditions intensify, then a mandatory evacuation may be required. Should additional evacuations be required, services listed above cannot be guaranteed.”

Is Storm Surge a Concern for Rentals Near the Ocean?

Town officials say official forecasts are projecting 3-5 feet of storm surge between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Storm surge can over wash dunes and cause damage to vehicles or other items (typically those left at ground level). Those staying in oceanfront vacation rentals or other low-lying areas close to the beach should make preparations to move vehicles and other belongings to prevent damage.

If I lose essential services during the storm, when will those be restored?

Assessment teams organized by the Town of Oak Island will assess any damage from Isaias early Tuesday morning and will make any necessary repairs as quickly as possible to restore any essential services. Local utility companies will also work as quickly as possible to restore any interruptions after the storm.

What number do I call for a medical emergency? Is there a number I can call for general storm questions?

In the case of emergencies (ex. medical emergency, downed tree blocking the road, etc.) guests should call 911. Though Town Hall will close early today, the police department’s phone will be staffed overnight for general questions. Simply call 910.278.5595.

Will the Bridges to Oak Island Close?

Town of Oak Island officials have stated they do not plan to close either of the bridges to Oak Island.

Will pools be open this week?

OIA has received word from the Southern Shore Villas Homeowners Association that the community pool at this location is closed until at least mid week. Each condo community pool is managed by an HOA and it is possible other pools will close ahead of the storm.

This page was last updated on 8/5/20.