Hurricane Isaias Impacts The Cape Fear Region

Hurricane Isaias Impacts The Cape Fear Region

Hurricane Isaias Impacts The Cape Fear Region Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 05 August 2020 01:33

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY -  Hurricane Isaias brought strong winds and storm surge to the Cape Fear region late Monday night August 3rd, and made landfall in the early morning hours of August 4th at Ocean Isle Beach with sustained winds reported by the National Hurricane Center at 76mph with gusts to over 85mph. One report indicated a wind speed of 99 mph at the south end of Pleasure Island.
Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island and Southport in Brunswick County suffered the most intense damage due to Isaias with multiple house fires, boats piled up at a Southport marina and other severe damage.
In Carolina Beach and Kure Beach the damage was mostly downed trees and storm surge yet the areas around the Carolina Beach Lake did not flood as was the case during previous storms such as Hurricane Florence in 2018 when flood waters spanned many blocks around the lake.
Both the Kure Beach Fishing Pier and Carolina Beach Fishing Pier lost some of their railing, but otherwise were not damaged.
Some homes, businesses and vehicles were impacted. Part of the roof of the Sand Dunes Motel in Kure Beach ended up on top of a car. A&G BBQ Restaurant experienced some roof damage.
A number of trees fell on  homes and vehicles across Pleasure Island.
While Isaias was more powerful than most people originally anticipated, New Hanover County communities largely bounced back quickly the following morning with businesses openinging up, people heading out to the beach, swimming, shopping, etc. Many homeowners spent the day on Tuesday clearing storm debris from their properties. Here's how the Town's will handle that debris:
In Kure Beach:
Residents can begin stacking vegetative debris, such as branches and vines, within five feet of the curb, away from the street, drainage ditches, and three feet away from fire hydrants, street signs, mailboxes and parked cars. Hurricane damage debris will be picked up in this service. YARD debris should be in separate piles from Hurricane debris (building, shingles and metal roofing) as they are required to be separated. Household waste or construction debris will not be picked up. These pickups have begun and will continue until Thursday, August 13th. Trash service will be Wednesday (south end) and Thursday (north end) to pick-up the Monday/Tuesday missed pickups. Recycling will recommence on Monday with the normal schedule.
In Carolina Beach:
On Monday, August 10, 2020, a Town debris contractor will begin picking up storm related vegetative debris from the right of way. Vegetative storm debris may include a combination of bundles and/or bags meeting the following criteria:
• Bundles shall consist of limbs and shrubs no longer than four feet in length.
• Only paper bags shall be utilized.
• Bundles and bags shall be 50 pounds or less each
Storm debris DOES NOT include land clearing, trimmings, prunings or any other activity not associated with Isaiah.
Please do not place any debris on utilities such as meter boxes, cable boxes, manholes, etc..
Please have debris placed by the right of way by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10th. There is no need to call in to schedule a pick-up.
If you have any questions, please contact us at Town Hall (910) 458-2999.

The sign for the Wanda Inn on North Lake Park Blvd hanging on following Isaias on Tuesday.

A utility pole laying in the east lane of North Lake Park Blvd following Isaias on Tuesday. Power was out in that area and stop lights were also out.

A common scene throughout the county on Tuesday. In this photo, a tree fell towards a neighboring house.

A large tree blocking traffic on Dow Road following the storm.

Many people headed out to the beach. It was almost like most people were not concerned with Isaias coming ashore the previous night.

The Town of Carolina Beach drained the Carolina Beach Lake prior to Hurricane Isaias arrival Monday night. Tuesday afternoon, the lake level was still low enough that people were walking out on to the dry areas of the lake. Previous storms would flood the lake and surrounding areas. Isaias was not a major rain event.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier lost some railings and still shows damage from previous storms.

A boat left in the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin during Isaias ended up lodged in marsh grass Tuesday. (Photo: Keith Bloemendaal)

A boat left in the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin during Isaias ended up lodged in marsh grass Tuesday. (Photo: Keith Bloemendaal)

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