From the Town of Emerald Isle Thursday morning:
The Town of Emerald Isle is closely monitoring the development and forecast track for Tropical Storm Hanna, and is making necessary preparations for the storm in the event that Emerald Isle is impacted. All residents, property owners, and visitors are urged to follow Hanna closely, and take appropriate precautions as soon as possible.
As of 8 am on September 4, Hanna is classified as a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Hanna is located east of the central Bahamas, and is moving northwest at 12 mph. Hanna is currently located approximately 800 miles south-southeast of Emerald Isle. The current forecast calls for Hanna to become a hurricane again before landfall.
Hanna's forward speed is expected to increase, and could be moving at 16 - 18 mph later on Thursday and beyond. The current forecast track calls for landfall in Brunswick County, NC at approximately 3 am early Saturday morning, with the eye then hugging the NC coastline and crossing slightly west of Emerald Isle around 6 am on Saturday morning. The forecast calls for the worst of the storm to clear Emerald Isle by Saturday afternoon.
Emerald Isle is expected to begin experiencing tropical storm force winds on Friday evening. Hurricane force winds are expected in Emerald Isle at approximately 5 am on Saturday morning. The forecast calls for maximum winds of approximately 75 mph.
There have been no decisions yet on evacuation orders. Emerald Isle officials will meet with officials from other towns on Bogue Banks and County officials later on Thursday afternoon to discuss whether or not an evacuation order will be issued. More details will be provided later on Thursday.
Town staff continue preparations for Hanna. Generators and storm water pumps have been tested, Town facilities are being secured, debris removal contractors are on notice, beach surveyors are on notice, and the entire Town staff is on standby to respond as appropriate during and after the storm. Town staff are issuing hurricane re-entry permits at Town Hall. Please do not wait until the last minute to secure your pass!
Please check your email or visit the Town's website for more updates as Hanna approaches.