Hermine: Latest street closures, cancellations and changes from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties

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Hurricane Hermine is making its way toward the Carolina's. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Hurricane Hermine is making its way toward the Carolina’s. (Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

UPDATED with information from Carolina Beach at 5 p.m.

UPDATED with transportation information at 3:30 p.m.

UPDATED with Shallotte Town Hall’s closure at 2:45 p.m.

UPDATED with information from New Hanover County at 2 p.m.

Updated at 12:43 with information from the Wilmington YMCA after school program.

UPDATED with information from New Hanover Schools at 12:05 p.m.

UPDATED with information from Carolina Beach at 10:34 a.m.

 

SOUTHEASTERN, NORTH CAROLINA — Latest tracks have Hurricane Hermine hitting the Wilmington coast Friday afternoon and dumping up to 10 inches of rain on the Cape Fear Region overnight and into Saturday morning. As a result, some places have already canceled or rescheduled weekend events. The following is our most recently updated information.

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RELATED STORY: Hermine downgraded to tropical storm as it begins to affect area

Transportation

Service on the Southport – Fort Fisher ferry route has been suspended due to high winds. According to the NCDOT, which operates the state’s ferry system, operations will resume when conditions become safer. Check their Twitter acount (@NCDOT_Ferry) for the latest updates.

Some flights at Wilmington International Airport have been canceled or delayed due to worsening conditions. The latest information can be found on the airport’s arrivals and departures page.

WAVE Transit is operating on a normal service schedule on Friday and Saturday, according to their website. However, that could change if conditions could get worse. Updates are available from their main office at (910) 343-0106 or online on their alerts page.

Wilmington area streets

According to New Hanover County’s Emergency Information dashboard, the stoplight at the intersection of College Road and Shipyard Boulevard is out. Several streets are also being closed due to flooding conditions.

16th Street (900 block): road closed

16th Street at Wright Street: lane(s) closed

Burnette Boulevard at S. Front Street: ramp closed

Newbury Way at Hastings Court: road closed

Farrington Farms Drive at Gordon Road: lanes closed

Citizens can continue to check the county’s emergency website for the latest information.

Carolina Beach

Freeman Park has been closed completely and no vehicles will be allowed to access the area. The park will be reopened Saturday once conditions improve.

Canal Drive is closed from Pelican Lane to Saltmarsh Lane due to flooding. Carolina Beach Avenue North can be used as an alternative to reach homes on the north end.

Parts of Lake Park Boulevard are expected to close in the vicinity of Carolina Beach Lake as rain continues to fall late Friday.

Snow’s Cut Bridge is expected to remain open for the duration of the storm, but officials will reassess if sustained winds reach 45 miles per hour or higher.

Residents are encouraged to check the town’s alerts webpage for storm updates.

Schools

Brunswick County Schools is activating its early release schedule.

  • High schools dismiss at 11:45 a.m.
  • Middle schools dismiss at 12:00 p.m.
  • Elementary schools dismiss at 12:45 p.m.
Staff dismiss 2 hours after student dismissal at their respective schools.
All after-school activities are cancelled.
Pender County Schools release students one hour early today, Sept. 2. The district’s after school childcare program, PACES, will close at 5 p.m. All other after school activities are cancelled.
New Hanover Schools have announced that it will be dimissing early, based on the most recent weather reports. Elementary Schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Middle and high schools will dismiss at 2:30 p.m. After School care is canceled.
Brunswick Community College will close today, Friday Sept. 2, at 1 p.m.  The College  will reopen on Tuesday, Sept.  6 under normal operating hours.
Government

The Shallotte Town Hall closed at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.

The Brunswick County Courthouse will close at noon on Friday Sept. 2. Currently, other Brunswick County Government offices remain open.

Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. is closing senior sites by 1 p.m. Friday, after the seniors have had lunch or had food delivered. Frozen meals have been sent with cooked meals to cover the holiday. Seniors needing assistance with emergency meals can contact Jim Fish at 910-632-4600. Currently, other Brunswick County Government offices remain open.

Retailers

All New Hanover County ABC stores will close on Friday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m.  The stores will reopen for normal hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on  Saturday, Sept. 3.

Events

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington is closing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. The museum will continue to monitor conditions for Saturday.

Wilmington Family YMCA will not operate its after school program on Friday, Sept. 2.  The Y after school program follows New Hanover County Schools protocols when it comes to changes in weather.  As such, it will not be picking children up from schools on Friday.  If you have questions, contact Corey Maarschalk, youth development director at 910-251-9622 ext. 255.

Summer Fireworks by the Sea:  The fireworks and music show in Carolina Beach, normally held on Friday, has been postponed to Saturday night. The Drew Smith Band will play from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the boardwalk gazebo, and the fireworks are set to go off at 9 p.m.

Jammie Jam:  This annual event at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington off Orange Street in downtown Wilmington has been cancelled. Event organizer say the hope to reschedule sometime in January 2017.

Movie at Southside Park:  The movie event scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 in Surf City has been canceled. Event organizers are discussing having another movie showing later in the year.

Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival:  The annual arts festival that was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3 in Oak Island has been postponed to Sunday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The final Downtown Sundown Concert of the 2016, featuring the Journey tribute band Departure, is now a “post-Hurricane celebration.”  The Concert has been moved from Friday, Sept. 2 to Saturday, Sept. 3. The opening band begins play at 6 p.m. Departure takes the stage at 8 p.m. The concert  is free and will take place in the surface parking lot at the corner of Water and Princess Streets.   Anyone wishing to enjoy beer or wine at the show can purchase a $1 wristband with a valid ID from Cape Fear River Watch, the charity wristband partner for the evening.  Outside beverages, food, coolers and pets are prohibited.

Attractions

The Battleship North Carolina will be close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. The last ticket will be sold at 2 p.m.
The Ship will re-open normal operating hours on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8 a.m. Call the Ticket Window before visiting to verify operating hours 910.251.5797  ext 0.

Fort Fisher:  The historic site located in Kure Beach will be temporary closing on Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 due to anticipated adverse weather conditions and a roofing project currently underway at the site. The site is expected to reopen to the public on Sunday, Sept. 4 from noon-5 p.m. Visitors are asked to call 910-458-5538 or visit the site’s Facebook page for updates.

Moores Creek National Battlefield:  The  historic site, located in Currie, will be closed Friday, Sept. 2 and a delayed entry is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3. According to officials, a determination will be made about park operations Saturday once assessments have been made about access to the park.

High School Football

The potential threat of bad weather in eastern North Carolina has shifted several local football games. Below are listed dates and times for each game heading into week three of the high school schedule. Most of the games have been moved up to Thursday night, Sept. 1.

New Hanover (1-1) travels to Havelock (2-0), 7 p.m.

Hoggard (1-1) travels to Pine Forest (2-0), 7 p.m.

Laney (1-1) takes on Lee County (2-0) at home, 6 p.m.

Ashley (1-1) takes on Fairmont (0-2) at home, 7 p.m.

West Brunswick (2-0) travels to North Myrtle Beach (2-0), 7 p.m.

Topsail (1-1) travels to Dixon (0-1), 6:30 p.m.

South Brunswick (1-1) takes on Pender (0-1) at home, 7 p.m.

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