Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Closures and cancelations: Ian shifts area schedules

A look at what's open, and what is closed this holiday weekend (Port City Daily photo/FILE)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Local towns and organizations are preparing for tropical storm repercussions this week and already announcing closures and cancelations.

The National Weather Service has issued tropical storm warning up the coast of the Carolinas and Gov. Roy Cooper has enacted a state of emergency, in preparation of Ian’s aftermath.

READ MORE: Carolinas under tropical storm warning as Ian approaches

Cooper held a press conference Thursday about the state’s preparations ahead of the storm. It can be read here.

As Ian moves across the North Carolina border, winds are expected to be anywhere from 39 to 57 miles per hour. A coastal flood advisory goes into effect Thursday at 2 p.m. and heavy rains will arrive mostly on Friday, with 4 to 6 inches expected in many areas.

“Until it is safe, people should stay off the roads in storm-affected areas,” NCDOT’s chief operating officer Joey Hopkins said. “Don’t drive through roads with standing water, and never drive around barricades. They are there to protect you.”

The below list will be updated as more information comes in.

New Hanover County

  • Cape Fear Community College will be closed at all campus locations on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. Monitor the website for updates and for Wilson Center updates, visit wilsoncentertickets.com.
  • New Hanover County Schools will be operating under a remote-learning schedule Friday.
  • Freeman Park, 1818 Canal Drive in Carolina Beach, will close at 5 p.m. Thursday until severe weather conditions cease.
  • Cape Fear Academy will be closed Friday, and all after-school activities and athletics for the day have been cancelled.
  • Cape Fear Community College will close all campus locations.
  • City of Wilmington afterschool activities for Friday, Sept. 30 have been canceled. Archery on Oct. 1 has been rescheduled for 10/15. Carolina Bengals game on Saturday 10/1 game has been canceled.
  • Althea Gibson Tennis Complex is closed Friday and is set to reopen Saturday.
  • Inland Greens Golf Course is closed Friday and is set to reopen Saturday.
  • Municipal Golf Course is closed Friday and is set to reopen Saturday.
  • New Hanover County Government offices and services will be closed Friday, Sept. 30, including New Hanover County Libraries, Senior Resource Center, Parks, Airlie Gardens, Arboretum, Cape Fear Museum, Pandemic Operations Center, and PCU Connect. The landfill will close Friday at noon and the HazWagon will not operate on Friday.
  • New Hanover courts will be closed on Friday.
  • CFPUA offices will close at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
  • Coastal Horizons is closed.
  • City of Wilmington offices are closed Friday.
  • UNCW events canceled Friday, but classes will operate on a regular schedule.
  • NHC ABC Stores will close at 3 p.m. and reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, unless conditions change.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit EmergencyNHC.com for updates.

Sign up for NHC alerts here.

Brunswick County

  • Brunswick County Schools will be operating under a remote-learning schedule Friday.
  • Brunswick Community College classes will move to remote learning, all campus locations will be closed including the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center and the Odell Williamson Auditorium.
  • Village of Bald Head Island offices will be closed Friday. The BHI post office also will be closed.
  • Brunswick County offices will be closed Friday.
  • Brunswick County parks and recreation programs are canceled for the weekend.
  • Brunswick County convenience centers and landfill will be closed Friday.
  • Brunswick County Courthouse will be closed Friday.
  • The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will be closed Friday and Saturday.
  • Bald Head Island Ferry: Services suspended Friday. Schedules could change based on weather conditions.
  • H2GO offices will close at noon Friday.
  • Coastal Horizons is closed.
  • The Town of Belville has declared a state of emergency.

Residents with special needs are encouraged to register with the Brunswick County Emergency Services Department by calling 910-253-5383 or completing the special medical needs form online.

Pender County

  • Schools will be operating under a remote-learning schedule Friday.
  • Cape Fear Community College will close all campus locations.
  • Pender County government offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 30. Any inspections scheduled by the planning department for Friday will be performed on Monday, pending the extent of the storm.
  • Pender County courts will be closed on Friday 
  • Coastal Horizons is closed.
  • Pender County is under a state of emergency.

Residents can sign up for CodeRed emergency alerts here.

Tri-county events

  • The annual Art in the Arboretum event scheduled for this weekend has been postponed to Nov. 5-6.
  • The Belville Fall Festival, scheduled for Oct. 1, has been postponed until Oct. 29.
  • Good Shepherd’s Gimmie Shelter fall fundraiser scheduled for Friday has been postponed to Nov. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Barn at Rock Creek.
  • Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity’s home dedication at 230 Fifty Lakes Dr. in Southport scheduled for Friday is postponed to Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.
  • The War on Drugs concert at Live Oak Bank Pavilion has been canceled. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and online tickets will be automatically refunded.
  • The Maren Morris concert at Live Oak Bank Pavilion has been canceled. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and online tickets will be automatically refunded.
  • Bark in the Park at Wrightsville Beach, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled.
  • Umphrey’s McGee has postponed their Friday Greenfield Lake Amphitheater show; the new date will be April 28, 2023.


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