Just another beach day: The Town’s “State of Emergency” proclamation, signed by Mayor Tom Bennett, does not prohibit ocean swimming.

Mayor Tom Bennett has determined that a “State of Emergency” exists in Southern Shores because of the “imminent approach of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias” and has officially proclaimed its existence, as of noon today.

In his State of Emergency proclamation, Mayor Bennett readies law enforcement officers, Town employees, and other emergency management personnel to take necessary emergency action, in compliance with the Town’s Emergency Management Ordinance and Emergency Management Plan.

He also states that as “emerging events dictate,” he may issue subsequent proclamations “regarding but not limited to resident evacuation, curfew, purchase of alcohol, possession and transport of dangerous weapons and substances, etc.”

For details of the proclamation, see:

For an update from Dare County Emergency Management, see The Beacon’s previous posting about the Town’s scheduling of an emergency meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. The only real change to earlier news is that Dare County is under a Storm Surge Warning now, as well as a Tropical Storm Warning.

Mayor Bennett refers to “Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias,” but there is no National Weather Service or National Hurricane Center forecast that calls for Isaias to be of hurricane-strength when it passes by Southern Shores.

As we reported earlier, Isaias is predicted to increase to a Category One hurricane between Charleston, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C., where most track models have it moving inland, as a tropical storm, before it shifts to the coast again, north of the Outer Banks.

Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 8/3/20

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