A City of Wilmington new release said it went into effect at 6 p.m. City leaders made the decision saying they wanted to be extra cautious as heavy rains continue, and Hurricane Joaquin starts to travel north along the East Coast.
Strong winds and heavy rains are causing damage and flooding across the area. Water street began flooding around 5pm, forcing police to start directing traffic. Standing water also made getting onto the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge from Front Street difficult for drivers.
Wednesday, in Oak Island there were some people out at the beach, trying to enjoy the weather before it takes a potential turn.
The Storm Track 3 weather team is monitoring a system brewing in the tropics that is headed our way.
So, why has it been so cold? That's a question on many minds right now.
Cold weather is not unusual for this time of year in southeastern North Carolina, however, the recent outbreaks of cold weather have been unusually harsh with another batch of arctic air on the way later this week.
Duke Energy is bracing for a rare coastal ice storm that is forecast to hit eastern North Carolina and South Carolina Tuesday. Duke Energy’s team of meteorologists continues to monitor the system. Line technicians, service crews and other personnel are available throughout the company’s service areas and are ready to respond to outages and emergencies, if they occur.
Keeping you safe during the snowstorm and other weather events is not free. Counties have to pay for the equipment, materials, and of course the man power. Often times people don't stop and think what something may cost when they are in a time of need. The fact is that the emergency services used this past week cost money and can affect a county's budget.