Dear Residents, Property Owners and Friends:
Bald Head Island is currently under a hurricane warning, storm surge warning, and flash flood watch. Among other storm factors, the Village is cautiously and continuously monitoring the potential storm surge relative to the high tide cycle (high tide 1:52 a.m. Friday) as the storm is projected to pass Bald Head Island at 2:00 a.m.
Key points from the latest NWS-Wilmington briefing with BHI and County officials this afternoon:
- Hurricane Dorian is approximately 180 miles south of Charleston moving 9 miles per hour.
- Confidence on predicted track is high.
- The closest approach will be late Thursday night into early Friday morning.
- Tropical storm force winds will begin Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m.
- Hurricane force winds will be in the area between Thursday night and 4 a.m. Friday.
- Peak sustained winds will be 60-85 mph with 80-100 mph gusts.
- Storm surge expected at 4-7 feet Thursday into Friday morning.
- Expecting 8-10 inches of rain and up to 15 inches in isolated areas.
To find the latest NWS-Wilmington briefing go
The Village is currently under a State of Emergency and a Mandatory Evacuation was issued by executive order of the Governor of North Carolina yesterday afternoon which was effective at 8:00 a.m. today. Per the Governor's executive order, the Village has amended its State of Emergency Proclamation which includes restrictions that will be in place while mandatory evacuation is in effect. Here are a few key restrictions and how they will be enforced:
CURFEW. There is no curfew associated with this amendment as this is a mandatory evacuation order.
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 lifted.
RESTRICTIONS ON POSSESSION, TRANSPORTATION, AND TRANSFER OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS. The transportation, sale or purchase of any dangerous weapon or substance as defined in Village Ordinance Section 8-36(b) is prohibited while the State of Emergency is in effect. Further, the possession of any such dangerous weapon or substance off the premises owned by the individuals possessing such dangerous weapons or substances is prohibited while the State of Emergency is in effect.
PRICE GOUGING. Pursuant to this Proclamation, N.C.G.S. Sections 75-38 and 14-288.12, and Section 8 of the Village Code of Ordinances, price gouging is expressly forbidden. Violators are subject to criminal prosecution.
Any violations of the amended Proclamation is a violation of Village Ordinances and is punishable by a $50 fine per occurrence or a under a state citation to include a Class 2 Misdemeanor.
Citizen's Phone Bank
We are recommending 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. We will continue to answer as many questions as possible via the Village's Voice messages.
Property Owners (with structures on your property):
Property owners must register with the Village
Special Needs Individuals:
If you require special needs for medical conditions that may be affect you during this event, please contact me (
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. today. The Deep Point Marina and Bald Head Island Marina closed at 4:00 p.m. today 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.