The 2 pm NHC advisory is at the bottom of this update.
After evaluating the diminishing risk of rip currents, Ocean Rescue has decided to open the beach to swimmers as of 1 pm today. If conditions warrant, we could go back to keeping swimmers out of the water but as of now, the waters are opened back up to swimmers.
CEMA sent out a summary of a briefing they took part in a few minutes ago. This summary is cut and pasted below:
‘CEMA recently participated in an informational briefing provided by the National Weather Service related to potential impacts for the East Coast as Florence makes its way inland.
Chatham County can expect sustained winds between 15-18 MPH with the possibility of maximum gusts up to 30 MPH. Residents should secure any loose, lightweight items which may become airborne.
Isolated power outages are also possible. Residents can prepare by ensuring they have non-perishable food items, including water, and by charging cell phones and any additional back-up batteries.’
We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.