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  • Weather watch: Rain, flooding could affect coastal swimming

    RALEIGH—State environmental health officials have advised the public to be cautious about swimming in coastal and sound-side waters due to possible increased levels of bacteria in the water caused by excessive rainfall and flooding.

  • Worst of the storm has passed, but Brunswick 'still not out of the woods'

    The worst of the storm has passed in terms of rainfall, but Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano warns, “We’re still not out of the woods.”

    Most of the roads that were closed due to flooding early Thursday have been re-opened.

    “There could continue to be some fluctuation. When the waters do receded, there could still be saturation,” he said, meaning drivers must still use caution while driving.

  • Coastal flood warning, tornado watch, high surf advisory in effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning and high surf advisory for Brunswick County. Both are in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Large swells combined with an onshore wind will produce a high risk of dangerous rip currents for all Brunswick beaches throughout most of Thursday.

    Rip currents could be potentially life-threatening, particularly in the two-hour window near low tide which will be around 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Weather watch: Tornado watch issued

    A tornado watch has been issued for Brunswick County effective until 7 a.m. Thursday.

  • 9:30 p.m. Update: U.S. 17 is open

    As of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. 17 was still open, however, emergency officials anticipate an overnight detour later.

  • Weather watch: Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday

    All Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday, according to a Connect-Ed message by Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    In the message, Pruden said because of "terrential rainfalls" and the "anticipation of significant rainfall overnight," the district has decided to cancel classes for Thursday, Sept. 30.

    For more information, call the district's central office at 253-2900.

  • Weather watch: Rising water has many on standby

    Rising water from a deluge of rain has residents on standby and drivers traveling cautiously throughout Brunswick County. A number of areas, including roads leading to Holden Beach, are impassable due to flooding and ponding.

    There’s also concern about the Shallotte River, which has been rising consistently since 8 a.m. Thursday and threatening to flood along Main Street in Shallotte.

    “We are very concerned,” said Brenda Milliken at Shallotte Electric, where employees have been moving materials to higher levels.

  • Weather watch: Towns keeping eye on storm

    Area towns are participating in Brunswick County conference calls and will continue to do so.

    Calabash Town Hall is still operating on regular hours. At this time staff does not anticipate closing early Wednesday or starting late Thursday, interim town administrator Kelley Southward says. The town services department is monitoring streets and the flow of stormwater. Staff is prepared to continue monitoring the rest of Wednesday and through the night. Staff and the town's emergency management committee will be put on standby.

  • Weather watch: Road issues

    Thursday

    8:31 p.m. Gilbert Road at the bridge near Blockhouse Road is closed. 

    7:55 p.m. N.C. 211 at Lockwood Folly bridge is closed. Will be routing traffic down Midway Road off N.C. 211 and down Stone Chimney Road.

    5:39 p.m. West side of town at Caswell, Bay and 9th flooded in Southport. Roads are closed.

    2:20 p.m. Empire Road (about half a mile from Mount Pisgah Road) is washed out and caving in. High water reported at Medcalf Drive and Sunset Lakes Boulevard. The dam at lake Medcalf is overflowing.

  • Weather watch: Flash flood warning in effect

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a flash flood warning for eastern Brunswick County through 8 a.m. Thursday. A flood warning is in effect through 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

    Flash flooding is happening in parts of Brunswick County as moderate to heavy rain moves onshore.

    Do not drive through flooded areas.

    A high risk of rip currents will be in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday.