NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – North Topsail Beach issued a State of Emergency and a voluntary evacuation Friday.
Officials said they don’t plan to issue a curfew at this time.
The biggest concerns at the beach are flooding and erosion.
Many homes along the shore are boarded up in preparation for Matthew. But already the waves are covering the sandbags behind residents’ homes.
“It could be a very significant impact to the North Topsail area to the beach community,” said Norman Bryson, Emergency Services Director, Onslow County. “We already know on the northern end, where we saw sandbags and stuff, we already had overwash of those areas yesterday and we will continue to see that for days to come.”
The county will open four shelters beginning at 7 Saturday morning. Those shelters will be located at Dixon High School, Jacksonville Commons Middle, Richlands High, and Swansboro High.
The Dixon High and Jacksonville Commons shelters will be pet-friendly and will also accommodate those with special needs.
Some people are still enjoying the beach ahead of Matthew; some even fishing along the sand.
The storm shelters will remain open as needed. If you’re planning to go to one remember to bring clothes, bedding, and your medications.
Onslow County also opened up a citizen’s phone bank today.
Residents can call 910-989-5027 with any weather related questions.
The phone bank will stay open until 8 Friday evening and reopen Saturday morning at 7.