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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