Coastal areas of North Carolina under mandatory evacuation as Hurricane Isaias approaches Florida


North Carolina has ordered mandatory evacuations in preparation for Hurricane Isaias as it approaches the coast of Florida. Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, which are close to the South Carolina border, as well as Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, which are part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks region, were subject to mandatory evacuations on Saturday.The evacuations, ordered by the State, are as follows:

  • Holden Beach – renters, vacationers and guests must vacate by 7 p.m. on Saturday
  • Ocean Isle Beach – renters, vacationers and guests were to vacate at noon on Saturday
  • Hatteras Island – visitors were to begin evacuating Saturday at noon; residents and owners must evacuate on Sunday from 6 a.m.
  • Ocracoke Island – Mandatory visitor evacuation was put in place at noon Friday; residents had to start evacuating at 6 a.m. on Saturday

Isaias, a Category 1 hurricane, is expected to hit North Carolina as early as Monday and have its largest impact Monday night and Tuesday, North Carolina officials said. The latest model from the National Hurricane Center shows Isaias winds hitting the area before 8 p.m. Monday, and the storm is expected to produce heavy rains and flash urban flooding in the Carolinas, “especially in low-lying, poorly drained areas.” Minor flooding of the river is also possible, according to the center.


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