Emerald Isle Prepares For High Winds, Tough Surf

The Town of Emerald Isle has canceled a concert and is asking people to roll out their trash cans early as the Crystal Cost prepares for Hurricane Arthur.

Those with oceanside trash collections will need to have cans rolled to the curb Thursday as trash collection on Friday has been canceled.

Leaders opted to cancel the EmeraldFest concert, which was set for Thursday evening. The next concert is scheduled for July 10th.

Emerald Isle Mayor Eddie Barber issued a State of Emergency for the town Wednesday evening. Town leaders said they would meet later Thursday morning to make plans for the approaching hurricane.

Officials ask that you make sure your re-entry permit is readily available should the island be evacuated.

While there was no standing evacuation order or curfew in place as of Thursday morning, the town reminded people the Emerald Isle Bridge does not close based on specific wind speeds. Rather, it only closes for people coming into the island should an evacuation order or curfew be put into place. While drivers are allowed on the bridge to leave in the case of an evacuation, they are reminded to drive with caution.

Beach Patrol is expected to to monitor surfing conditions throughout Thursday.

Fourth of July fireworks are still on the schedule for Emerald Isle. That show is slated to start at 9 p.m. Friday night. If delayed, the show would go on Saturday evening.