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September 5, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Status

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From the Village's Public Information Officer-


Hurricane Dorian #11
9/5/2019
 12:45 p.m.

Dear Residents, Property Owners and Friends:
 
Bald Head Island is currently under a tornado watch, flash flood watch, hurricane warning, and storm surge warning. Bald Head Island received a tornado warning early this morning. The area has been receiving wind gusts and sporadic rainfall from Dorian's bands.  Tree branches are falling, and some have fallen onto the roads. Roads are ponding from the rainfall.  The Village continues to be cautious in monitoring the potential storm surge relative to the high tide cycle.  Depending on the timing of the storm's arrival, storm surge could be more significant with wave runup, erosion, and damage to the island's frontal dunes, in some areas possibly becoming breached by the ocean.
 
Key points from the latest NWS-Wilmington briefing with BHI and County officials this morning:
  • Major impacts will be coastal flooding from storm surge (4-7 feet), power outages, some structural damage, and life-threatening flash-flooding expected.
  • The hurricane is weakening as it approaches the Cape Fear traveling north east at 8 mph.
  • Winds are arriving slower than expected and will increase this afternoon. 
  • Hurricane force winds are expected tonight.
  • Wind gusts are expected to be stronger in Bald Head Island with peak gusts up to 110 mph.
  • Rainfall predictions are 6-10 inches and 12 inches in isolated areas.
To find the latest NWS-Wilmington briefing go HERE.
 
Mandatory Evacuation
The Village remains under a State of Emergency and a Mandatory Evacuation was issued by executive order of the Governor of North Carolina and the Village amended its State of Emergency Proclamation.  To clarify, there are no curfew times set because there is a mandatory evacuation order.  Those who remain on the island should be sheltering in place for the duration of the mandatory evacuation and are subject to receive citations and fines if they are located outside of their own property. Sheltering in place will be critical as conditions worsen today into the night. Please do not put yourself or Village Public Safety Staff in harm's way. 
 
There was an error in the previous message regarding alcoholic beverages it should be written as follows:  RESTRICTIONS ON POSSESSION, CONSUMPTION, OR TRANSFER OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.  There shall be no selling of, transfer of or consumption of alcoholic beverages in licensed establishments until the State of Emergency is no longer in effect.
 
Citizen's Phone Bank
The Village continues to recommend that citizens use the Citizen Phone Bank (910) 454-4226 for all non-emergency questions. This is not a method to request house checks, sign-up for re-entry, or be added to the business list. This is also not a number to leave your status for families to call in and check on you if you stayed on the island. The Village will continue to answer as many questions as possible via the Village's Voice messages.
 
Re-Entry
Property Owners (with structures on your property): Property owners must register with the Village HERE
 
Special Needs Individuals:  If you require special needs for medical conditions that may be affect you during this event,  please contact me ( cfaulkner@villagebhi.org or 910-457-9700 ext. 1025 or the phone bank during activation).
 
Ferry & Marina Information
The last passenger ferry left Bald Head Island at 2:30 p.m. yesterday. The Deep Point Marina and Bald Head Island Marina closed at 4:00 p.m. yesterday by order of the Coast Guard. The Village will continue to communicate with Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. For the most up-to-date ferry schedule information you can visit their website HERE.

The Village will continue to inform you on the progress of this storm until its impacts no longer affect Bald Head Island.  Follow the Village on Instagram ( villagebhi ) to see photos and video of EOC activities and island conditions throughout the storm.  You do not have to have an Instagram account to see the Village's posts.  You can type instagram.com/villagebhi in your browser and access all posts. We will post as much as we can as long as it is safe to do so.
 
Thank you,
 
Carin Z. Faulkner
Village Public Information Officer
(910) 457-9700 ext. 1025
BHA Office Hours This Week

Bald Head Association is closed today (Thursday, Sept. 5th) though staff will be monitoring emails as long as power is intact. Friday's hours will be dependent on the ferry services resuming and conditions on the Island. 

If you have a general question, send an email to info@baldheadassociation.com or for specific assistance, contact Carrie Moffett at carrie@baldheadassociation.com.
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