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.