Updated 10:10 p.m.

After a little lull in the weather, Holly Ridge saw increased rain and winds around 9:45 p.m., Town Clerk Heather Reynolds said.

“We are getting some gusts,” she said. “I’m standing outside and it’s definitely gusting. It’s been a little bit of rain and wind, but now we are getting the gusts.”

Reynolds added town officials have “extra staff on the public safety side” working, but said once the winds reach a certain point, emergency management staff won’t come out “unless it’s a dire emergency.”

“We usually try to follow the county’s suit on that,” she said. “I know when the winds reach 45 miles per hour, EMS doesn’t roll out. Once we are at hurricane strength, we don’t go period. That’s why we ask everybody to stay in.

“Please stay off the roads. We cannot stress that enough. They are so dangerous. A tree could be down and you wouldn’t know it until it’s right on you.”

 

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The Town of Holly Ridge is under a curfew this evening.

The town enacted a curfew, beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday.

Holly Ridge town clerk Heather Reynolds said the town hasn’t received any reports of damage.

“It’s been raining off and on since noon and every now and then we get a little gust,” she said.

The curfew was enacted for the safety of town residents, especially when there are hurricane-force winds to contend with overnight.

“Also, you have to think about standing water. You don’t want people driving in flooded road ways” Reynolds said.