Inclement Weather Updates

Inclement Weather Updates

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September 18, 2017 | 10:45am

We are actively monitoring the storms in the Atlantic and will continue to update this page as well as our Facebook page with any changes and/or updates to our rental procedures as necessary.


MR&A Announces Hurricane Harvey & Irma Relief Efforts

MR&A Donates to Hurricane Relief Efforts

 


September 11, 2017 | 9:15am

As Hurricane Irma moves its way over land, the storm is expected to weaken. While this is positive news for our area, peripheral impacts of the weather system will affect Brunswick County. Per WECT-TV6, in addition to severe thunderstorm-like situations the following impacts are possible during the next few days:

Rain – Rain is expected to start Monday and last into Tuesday with total anticipated amounts of rainfall of 1 to 5 inches for our southeastern, coastal counties. Localized flooding may occur given that we are in a low-lying area. If you choose to visit the local area during your stay, please make sure to check the Brunswick County Road Closures page for any road closures due to flooding.

Wind – Winds have already picked up over the last 24 hours, but we can expect to receive regular gusts of 30- to 40-mph and sustained winds of 20- to 30-mph. Be sure to bring in any porch/deck furniture and any beach toys you may have enjoyed over the weekend.

RIP Currents – RIP current risks and surf conditions will increase throughout the week. Please remember that our beaches do not have lifeguards on duty, and swimming is not advised during storm conditions.

As mentioned before, we highly suggest you staying “in-the-know” when it comes to local weather conditions during your stay. You may access complete local weather forecasts using the “Weather Information” links below.

Travel Information

Inclement Weather Updates
Oak Island Beaches by Rudd
Brunswick County Road Closures 
NC DOT Traveler Information
CSA Travel Protection

Weather Information

WECT – TV6 
WWAY – TV3
National Hurricane Center

Local Emergency Preparedness

Town of Oak Island 
Town of Caswell Beach

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September 9, 2017 | 9:00am

MR&A will conduct check-ins per our normal operating procedures and hours. With the most recent Hurricane Irma updates, it looks as if Brunswick County and its towns will only receive peripheral effects (wind, rain, heavy RIP currents, mild flooding from storm surge and rain) but no evacuations are planned at this time.

We will continue to monitor the forecast and will alert you if there are any changes. Please continue to monitor on your end and make any travel decisions based upon your comfort level.

Should you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 486-5441 or by email to information@rudd.com. In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful weather we are having and safe travels!

Travel Information

Inclement Weather Updates
Oak Island Beaches by Rudd
Brunswick County Road Closures 
NC DOT Traveler Information
CSA Travel Protection

Weather Information

WECT – TV6 
WWAY – TV3
National Hurricane Center

Local Emergency Preparedness

Town of Oak Island 
Town of Caswell Beach


September 8, 2017 | 2:00pm

This afternoon, representatives from MR&A attended the second Emergency Preparedness meeting with the Towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach to discuss Hurricane Irma’s updated threat level for our area as well as the governmental response.

Over the last 24 hours, Hurricane Irma has moved in a more northwestern direction. As a result, Brunswick County officials do not anticipate making a State of Emergency declaration nor do they plan on issuing an evacuation order or opening shelters.

At this moment, we expect winds to increase late Saturday, September 9 through Monday, September 11 with potential wind gusts of 30mph. Rain is expected to start the evening of Sunday, September 10 and to continue through Monday, September 11. The Emergency Preparedness team is not expected to hold any additional meetings unless the storm’s direction shifts and the projected threat level increases.

While this updated information is positive, we know that the hurricane still has the potential to track east where we would experience more of the storm’s impact. We will continue to diligently monitor the storm and urge you all to do the same.

At this time, we will continue to operate under normal business hours and procedures. We advise any guest arriving this week to make your travel plans based upon your comfort levels. Should you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 486-5441 or by email to information@rudd.com.

Travel Information

Inclement Weather Updates
Oak Island Beaches by Rudd
Brunswick County Road Closures 
NC DOT Traveler Information
CSA Travel Protection

Weather Information

WECT – TV6 
WWAY – TV3
National Hurricane Center

Local Emergency Preparedness

Town of Oak Island 
Town of Caswell Beach


September 8, 2017 | 9:00am

While the most recent update of Hurricane Irma’s path looks to be more favorable for our area, we know that the situation can change at any time. We are continuing to monitor the forecast and will communicate with local officials as to what the plan of action or evacuation will be if and when it becomes necessary.

For those traveling our way, we have added the Brunswick County Road Closures and North Carolina DOT Traveler Information pages to our important links list below. You will find information on any road closures due to construction or inclement weather and other dangerous conditions.

We continue to urge our guests and property owners to monitor the storm’s progress as the weekend approaches. As a reminder, the Town will conduct its second Emergency Preparedness meeting this afternoon and we will share any updates we receive shortly thereafter.

Travel Information

Inclement Weather Updates
Oak Island Beaches by Rudd
Brunswick County Road Closures
NC DOT Traveler Information
CSA Travel Protection

Weather Information

WECT – TV6
WWAY – TV3
National Hurricane Center

Local Emergency Preparedness

Town of Oak Island
Town of Caswell Beach

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September 7, 2017 | 4:30pm

This afternoon, representatives from MR&A attended the first Emergency Preparedness meeting with the Towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach to discuss Hurricane Irma’s threat level for our area as well as the governmental response.

At this time, the potential threat level is still undetermined as it is simply too early to make any official statement or directive. Until the storm makes its turn, we won’t know what direction the Towns will take regarding an evacuation. Per current forecast information, it is unlikely that Irma will take a turn until sometime on Saturday.

Current models of the storm show that we will either 1-experience a brush by the storm with wind and rain or 2-a close hit with potentially more severe wind, rain and storm surge possibilities. The good news is that current models do show a favorable track for our area.

At the moment, any potential evacuation is likely to occur Saturday at the earliest – but again, this is completely hypothetical and will be determined once the Towns have the necessary information on the storm’s progress.

Saturday Arrivals

We understand the difficulties in solidifying your travel plans. At this time, we would advise any guest with a Saturday arrival date to delay travel to our area until more information becomes available and is communicated. We will use our Inclement Weather Updates page of our website as well as our Oak Island Beaches Facebook page to communicate any additional arrival information once it is received or determined.

In the event of a mandatory evacuation, we cannot allow check-in until the properties are checked and cleared by a member of our staff. (For example, if you are set to arrive on Saturday and they call for a mandatory evacuation – you will not be able to check in until 1-the Towns allow us entrance to the island and 2-the property is deemed clear for arrival.) Please note that this process does take time as we will need to clear 300+ properties before allowing our guests entrance to their vacation rentals.

The next meeting of the Emergency Preparedness “team” will be tomorrow, Friday, September 8th at 1pm. We hope to provide additional information at that time; however, much of the decisions will not be made until the storm makes its turn. Please continue to monitor all local news and weather stations as well as the National Hurricane Center for more information on the storm and its track toward Oak Island.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work to safely weather this storm.

Travel Information

Inclement Weather Updates
Oak Island Beaches by Rudd 
CSA Travel Protection

Weather Information

WECT – TV6
WWAY – TV3
National Hurricane Center

Local Emergency Preparedness

Town of Oak Island 
Town of Caswell Beach

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September 7, 2017 | 9:35am

Town Emergency Preparedness Meetings Scheduled

The Towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach will hold an emergency preparedness meeting this afternoon to discuss the potential threat of Hurricane Irma for our coastal region as well as the possibility of any mandatory evacuations. If any new information is received during this meeting, we will be sure to post it here and on our Facebook page.

Property Owners: Our staff is busily preparing properties for the storm. If you have not done so, we urge you to contact us by phone call or email to information@rudd.com as soon as possible to alert us of your preparation plans – even if you plan to handle your own storm preparation.

Guests: As of now, we are running in “business as usual” mode. Unfortunately, we are still in the cone of uncertainty on how this will affect our area meaning we cannot advise you on what you should do with regard to your travel plans and/or stay. We hope to have a bit more information on our process once we attend today’s meeting and after the storm moves a bit closer to our immediate area.

Travel Information

Inclement Weather Updates
Oak Island Beaches by Rudd
CSA Travel Protection

Weather Information

WECT – TV6
WWAY – TV3
National Hurricane Center

Local Emergency Preparedness

Town of Oak Island
Town of Caswell Beach

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September 5, 2017 | 3:50pm

With Hurricane Irma approaching the coast, we highly suggest that all guests stay “in tune” with national and local weather coverage of the storm. At this time, it is too early to tell what exact path the storm will take. Rest assured that Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. is actively monitoring the storm and preparing for its anticipated landfall.

Below are a few suggested pages for you to visit and/or follow in preparation of, during, and after the storm’s duration. As always, MR&A takes the care and custody of our guests and vacation rental properties seriously and our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

Travel Information

Inclement Weather Updates – This page will be continuously updated as the storm progresses, to include information relative to company procedures, office closings, delays in arrivals/departures, road closures, mandatory evacuations, etc.

Oak Island Beaches by Rudd – Our vacation rental Facebook page will be updated simultaneously with our Inclement Weather Updates page.

CSA Travel Protection – If you purchased trip insurance through MR&A, you may access this Hurricane Kit in order to file a claim or contact CSA’s Emergency Assistance Services in the event of an evacuation. (Please note that as of August 31, 2017, CSA ceased issuance of policies which would provide coverage for this storm. For questions regarding your policy coverage, you will need to call CSA directly at 866.999.4018.)

Weather Information

WECT – TV6 and its First Alert Weather Team will keep you in-the-know for all your weather needs. Download the channel’s mobile app for convenient Oak Island weather information on-the-go.

WWAY – TV3 is prepared with interactive radars and continuous weather updates. Download the channel’s mobile app for convenient information for Oak Island and the surrounding areas.

The National Hurricane Center is a division of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where you can find everything from projected paths to coastal watch/warnings information.

Local Emergency Preparedness

Town of Oak Island – information provided by The Town relative to Emergency Preparedness, Evacuation Information, etc.

Town of Caswell Beach – information provided by The Town relative to Emergency Preparedness, Evacuation Information, etc.

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PLEASE NOTE: ALL UPDATES PRIOR TO THIS SECTION PERTAIN TO HURRICANE MATTHEW, OCTOBER 2016.



Our area was hit hard by the storm but we are working diligently to bounce back as quickly as possible.  Our local businesses are open and we are very much looking forward to guest arrivals.  There are some things to keep in mind for guests that are vacationing here in the coming weeks and months.

There are many areas of the island where the storm surge washed away the dunes.  Most of the sand from the dunes settled in the roadways, under and around the ocean front homes, and in some cases in the yards of the second row properties.  Dealing with this sand will take some time and could be around for months.

There is also a lot of vegetation and storm debris that will have to be cleaned up in the coming weeks.  Again this process will take some time and we ask for patience while we work to get Oak Island and Caswell Beach back to normal.


October 13, 2016: 12:00pm
Normal operation has resumed
We have completed our inspections and have been checking guests in. We still have some cleaning up to do but guests are here and enjoying our area.


October 11, 2016: 11:50pm
Arrivals between October 11 – October 15, 2016
While our area was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew we are diligently working to bounce back quickly.  Our staff is currently inspecting homes with scheduled arrivals in the coming days.  While we are finding most of our properties in acceptable condition for guests there have been some that sustained damages that will take them off the rental market for a period of time.  Staff will be reaching out to those guests to try and make arrangements for an alternate home.


October 7, 2016 : 1:15pm
Guests scheduled to arrive between October 7 – October 12
Due to the Mandatory Evacuations for both the Town of Caswell Beach and the Town of Oak Island, MRA will not allow any scheduled guests to check in.  Please do not attempt to travel to our area until we have posted that we are back open for check-ins.  Once the evacuations for our Towns have been lifted (which could be as late as Tuesday afternoon), our staff will have to inspect each home to insure the property is accessible and ready for check in.  This will be a time consuming process and we do ask for patience since the safety of our guests and staff is our main concern.


October 7, 2016 : 12:45 pm
Potential life threatening flash flooding
A Hurricane Warning has now been issued for our area, due to the shifting track of Hurricane Matthew. The National Weather Service is calling for 11 – 13 inches of rain.  They have stressed that this amount of rain could cause Life Threatening Flash Flooding, not just for coastal Brunswick County but inland as well.  Please continue to monitor the track of the storm and this page for updates in conditions. 


October 6, 2016 : 11:00 am
Caswell Beach and Oak Island Calling for Mandatory Evacuation
Both the Town of Caswell Beach and the Town of Oak Island have called for a Mandatory Evacuation of non-residents and visitors starting at 12:00 pm today.  Current guests will need to remove all personal items and bring the property keys to our office.  All guests scheduled to arrive this weekend will need to plan for potential arrival after Monday.  Once the evacuation notice has been lifted Margaret Rudd & Associates will have to inspect the property prior to guest arrival.  This process will take some time to complete.  Please continue to monitor our website for updates.


October 5, 2016 : 8:45 pm
Message from The Town of Oak Island:
The Town administration continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew, through the latest track is more favorable to our area.  The storm is expected to dump 4-6 inches of rain in an already saturated southeastern North Carolina.  Rain may start Thursday night or Friday.  Tropical storm winds may start Friday night and end sometime Sunday.  Storm surge, flooding and heavy rains are still a concern. Please continue to monitor this storm yourself as the track has not been very consistent.  A few more notes from the town

  • A State of Emergency is in effect until further notice.  There are no restrictions attached at the time.
  • The Town is calling for a voluntary evacuation of visitors in low-lying areas and oceanfront properties effective 9:00 am on Thursday, October 6.
  • Please keep in mind that ground is already saturated, so roads on the mainland might experience flooding and road conditions could quickly deteriorate, even inland.  If you are going to leave, please don’t wait until Friday evening.
  • The Town will continue to monitor the storm and make other evacuation calls / orders IF necessary
  • IF the bridges close, that would be when sustained winds reach at least 40 mph.
  • Please keep in mind that parking decals ARE NOT used for re-entry in the event of an evacuation

October 4, 2016 : 3:45 pm
The Town of Oak Island has declared a State of Emergency, but there are no restrictions attached and no evacuations called for at this point. Please check www.oakislandnc.com for more information as it becomes available.  The Town will also shortly activate a message at (910) 201-8088 (this number is for an outgoing message only – please do not call to leave a message.