UPDATE: 10:37 a.m.
From Allan Libby, director of public information:
Town Staff just finished a general review/assessment of the Town. Roads are all passable, structural damage is minimal and have noted some shingles off, loose or missing siding, some signs damaged and leaning, and a few trees knocked over /limbs down. We encourage property owners to assess their individual structures for specific impacts.
We have significant damage on the 9th Street public access, and some lesser damage on Charlotte Street Public Access but initial review shows that most public accesses are safe and open with minimal damage. There is significant beach erosion from around 2400 South Shore all the way to north town line.
Power is still out in many areas, but not all areas are affected. Jones Onslow EMC crews are out now and hope to have power restored quickly as there appears to be minimal damage to their systems, and not too many downed power lines, which will make power restoration quicker. Without power, our wastewater utility crews are struggling to keep some lift stations operating but those crews are now and have been on duty through the night.
Surf City officials are assessing the damage from then-Hurricane Matthew, but they say it could have been a lot worse.
Town Manager Larry Bergman told The Daily News that he was heading out to assess the beach and erosion and would have more later this morning.
There were reports of broken windows and lost shingles already, however.
In North Topsail Beach, officials are assessing the extent of the dune breach and will have more updates this morning as well. Initial assessments were that the damage to the north end of the island were more serious than the southern end.
Power outages were also reported in Holly Ridge and minor flooding near the sound, but overall officials said the damage was minor.
Stay with JDNews.com as more becomes available.