Wilmington Hurricane Updates In New Hanover County NC – Damage, Forecast, Recovery Discussions

Very frequent hurricane updates during active systems in Wilmington NC and New Hanover County including smaller towns and cities in the local area. This page is monitored by a local meteorologist, but we ask you to make decisions on evacuations and mitigation based on local emergency management officials, the State of NC, and National Hurricane Center (NHC). Forecast discussions will come straight from the NHC.

Users of this website are strongly encouraged to subscribe to and use the discussion form below to send us Wilmington hurricane damage reports to include storm surge reports and flooding, roof damage and siding reports, loss of electricity and downed power utility poles, wind damage reports, and other storm restoration efforts in New Hanover County NC.

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Latest Updates

There are no current active hurricanes threatening New Hanover County NC or Wilmington.

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Save A Life

Loss of life, damage, storm surge, tornadoes, waterspouts, falling trees, and falling power lines do occur in these systems far away from immediate landfall areas.

Storm surge and falling trees are the number one threat to loss of life in these storms.

Treat ALL power lines, or other lines, on the ground as though they have an electrical charge even in the face of overwhelming data they don’t.

Do not drive over roadways with standing or moving water.

Life-threatening rip currents at local beaches begin and continue weeks before and after hurricanes. Do not swim or surf regardless of skill level.

Law enforcement, fire, EMS, and rescue services do not answer calls for service after weather conditions deteriorate to a certain level, especially when mandatory evacuations are ordered.

Current Damage Reports

In this section, we rely 100% on residents and the public using the discussion form below to send us damage reports from around the county. Information vital to this being a valid resource is information on downed power lines, downed utility poles and transformers, roof damage or complete structure damage, vinyl siding damage, and fast moving storm surge causing road flooding and water damage to homes and commercial structures.

There are no current active hurricanes threatening New Hanover County NC or Wilmington.

Contractor Discussions For Roof Restoration, Siding, & Wind And Water Damage

In this section, we rely 100% on residents and the public using the discussion form below to send us storm restoration efforts from around the county. Information in this section can include information on roofing contractor and siding contractor reports, water damage restoration efforts, and other contractors that do work in the Wilmington NC communities.

Wind Speeds And Category Discussions

The Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale is used to classify hurricanes according to category to help the public gauge severity and intensity.

Category 1 (74-95 mph winds): Will result in some damage to siding, shingles on roofs, sporadic power outages, and downed power lines and transformers. Category 1 hurricanes will produce minimal storm surge, although still significant.

Category 2 (96-110 mph winds): Will result in extensive damage to siding, shingles on roof structures, significant power outages, and downed power lines and transformers. Category 2 hurricanes will produce increasing storm surge levels.

Category 3 (111-129 mph winds): Will result in devastating damage to siding, roof structures, homes, and commercial buildings, complete power outages, and downed power lines and transformers. Category 3 hurricanes will produce extremely dangerous and life threatening storm surge levels. Storms of this magnitude are classified as major systems.

Category 4 (130-156 mph winds): Will result in catastrophic damage to all commercial buildings and home structures, complete power outages, and downed power lines and transformers. Category 4 hurricanes will produce extremely dangerous and life threatening storm surge levels. Storms of this magnitude are classified as major systems.

Category 5 (157 or greater mph winds): Will result in catastrophic damage to all commercial buildings and home structures, complete power outages, and downed power lines and transformers. Category 5 hurricanes will produce extremely dangerous and life threatening storm surge levels. Storms of this magnitude are classified as major systems.

Storms at the Category 1 and Category 2 levels can still cause loss of life extending far from actual landfall.

Preparations And Evacuation Orders

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is a week before the season starts. This is when residents should know their hurricane evacuation routes, having NC ferry system contact information handy, and having at least a month’s supply of non-perishable foods, water, batteries, candles, pet food, toilet paper, batteries and candles, lamp oil, gasoline for generators and automobiles, and other necessary supplies stocked up.

It’s vitally important to review your current medications, their refill dates, and pharmacy information well before a hurricane is threatening Wilmington and New Hanover County. Many local residents stock up on necessary supplies a little at a time over the winter months.

Have as much cash on hand as possible. Many gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, and other stores open quickly after a storm, but will only accept cash.

If you, or anyone in your home, is medically vulnerable or unstable then we encourage you to evacuate for any storm that has the potential to cause loss of electricity.

Fill your bathtub with water to be used for toilet flushing in case water pressure is lost.

Turn your freezer and refrigerator to the coldest settings days before expected electricity loss.

Remove any and all items in your yard or from porches that could become airborne during hurricane winds.

If you own a generator, make sure it’s in good working order as the season starts, and have oil and gas on hand for at least 3 weeks.

Find and prepare weather radios, and monitor social media as long as your data provider stays active.

Outdoor charcoal grills make great stoves for cooking.

Once loss of electricity occurs, turn off the main circuit breaker to your home.

Make all preparations for pets at the beginning of the season.

Disaster Relief And Recovery

In this section, we rely 100% on residents and the public using the discussion form below to tell us about New Hanover County NC and Wilmington disaster recovery and relief efforts at the local, state, and federal level.

Information in this section can include official and immediate public assistance happening now, which organizations are providing food, ice, and supplies, which grocery stores are open, which gas stations and convenience stores are open and have gas, which restaurants are open, and which organizations are supplying other public relief efforts.

This section will be updated as we learn about official local, state, and federal immediate disaster recovery news and information.

Past Storms

September 2018: Hurricane Florence moved over New Hanover County at a very slow speed as a minimal Category 1 system causing major flooding, beach erosion, structure damage, downed trees and utility lines. Roofing contractors reported working 8 months to repair most houses in the area and damage to this day is evident in the Wilmington community. What made Hurricane Florence different is that the upper-right quadrant eyewall affected the area versus how storms typically align when they move up the East Coast.

October 2016: Hurricane Matthew officially hit to the south of the Cape Fear Region, but it’s impacts were still felt in the local area as widespread flooding, and other damage were reported in places along the beaches and near Myrtle Grove, Masonboro Island, Silver Lake, and Bayshore.

September 1996: Hurricane Fran is still on record as the strongest system to hit the Cape Fear River region. Fran affected all beach communities in the local area with Category 3 winds causing catastrophic damage to all structures and electrical infrastrucure.

Hurricane Updates and information also valid for: Myrtle Grove NC, Ogden, Silver Lake, Masonboro Island, Castle Hayne, Kirkland, Bayshore, Cape Fear River, and Figure Eight Island.

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