Mandatory Evacuation For North Topsail Beach

Residents of one coastal town in Onslow County are being told to evacuate because of Hurricane Irene.

A mandatory evacuation and a State of Emergency has been issued for North Topsail Beach. That begins at 6:00 a.m. Friday and the town is urging everyone to be off the island by 6:00 p.m. Gale force winds are expected Friday evening.

The town says the DOT will close the high-rise bridge when winds reach 45 miles per hour.


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An Onslow County beach town is expected to ask residents and visitors to leave because of the storm.

North Topsail Beach Mayor Daniel Tuman says they plan to ask for a voluntary evacuation at 2:00 p.m. He says as the storm continues they could even change that to a mandatory evacuation for the town as late as Friday morning.

The main route of access for the town is the high-rise bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. The mayor says when wind gusts reach 45 miles per hour emergency vehicles stop crossing that bridge.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Can anyone give current info as to the impact of the hurricane. We vacation there every year and feel like it is our second home.
  • by surf city Location: NYC on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    Long Term permanent residents owe their entire economy to the houses on the sand, so, actually, the sand is pretty important. No houses, no visitors, no business, no need for public services, or other "townies." And the sand isn't for the HOUSES.
  • by high ground Location: Onslow County on Aug 26, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Long term permanent residents of Onslow County know what to expect and prepare year round for the annual tropical season routine. It's the strong ones which make direct hits that will mess up your day. North Topsail Beach should have never been developed. Those that buy or build a home on sand need to learn to deal with the consequences of their actions and not want public tax funds for money to provide more sand which is an ignorant effort in futility for North Topsail Island.
  • by Ryan on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:14 AM
    It should be standard procedure to evacuate all coastal areas. The eye, as of right now, is going to be several hundred miles off of LeJeune, yet this hurricane's reach is extensive. I understand about the barrier islands, but anyone living on the coast in the path should get out. My family has already left and is in Asheville (since I'm not in country.) I guess maybe Onslow is going to wait until it's right there to decide to evacuate. In Texas, the issue warnings days in advance to plan on evacuating and if there is even the slightest chance that it could turn towards the coast, the green light is given to evacuate. This one has already turned slightly to the west so what's to keep it from turning again?
  • by Glenda Location: North Topsail Beach on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:25 PM
    Our shutters are closed, the decks are cleared & now we all wait.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:02 AM in reply to Glenda
      If it jogs to the west during landfall, please write your SS numbers on your forearms with permanent ink.
  • by like a hampster on an exercise wheel Location: Onslow County on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    It will take all Winter to truck in enough sand to N. Topsail to replace some of what is washed away. As Dr. Stanley Riggs said: it's good for the economy.
  • by Shea Location: ENC on Aug 25, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    Well Well and I wanted to ride out the storm at the beach....no im joking, I am a hurricane fanatic!!
  • by Jody Location: Topsail Beach on Aug 25, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    It's red and black brother, like the Canes.
  • by Red Flags? on Aug 25, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    So, I guess that means we'll be seeing one of those red flags on the beach....or is it a black flag?
  • by John Location: Morehead City on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    What about Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle? Any talk of when they might evacuate?
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