Hurricane Joaquin is moving toward Bermuda after battering the Bahamas with damaging winds and torrential rains.
A break in the rain is expect Saturday afternoon, but heavy rain redevelops Sunday through Monday.
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.
In the event of a flooding emergency, first responders in Wilmington and New Hanover County are trained and prepared for water rescues - on the roads.
As storms roll through the Cape Fear area Friday morning, dispatchers in several area counties say some roads are already flooded.
North Topsail Beach town leaders said they have a number of projects happening for hurricane protection and beach re-nourishment.
The Red Cross is reminding citizens that no matter what Hurricane Joaquin does as it heads north, you need to be prepared before the storm.
Town leaders at Carolina and Kure beaches are taking steps to prepare for this weekend's storm forecast.
Officials say one person has died in street flooding in Spartanburg.
Even with heavy rains in store this weekend, the director of Riverfest said the show will go on.