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Hurricane Information

In the event that Bald Head Island is threatened by a tropical storm or hurricane during your vacation with Bald Head Island Rentals, you can keep up with local news and weather updates by visiting any of the links on the right side of this page. Hurricane season occurs each year between June 1 and November 30. A hurricane, a type of tropical cyclone, normally begins in the tropics as a low pressure system.

The NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety explains hurricane classifcations as follows:

  • Tropical Depression: A tropical depression is an organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
  • Tropical Storm: A tropical storm is an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
  • Hurricane: A hurricane is an intense tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. offers a variety of tips that you and your family can use to stay safe in the event of a hurricane.

  • Know your evacuation routes and locate your local emergency shelters.
  • Don't get caught by surprise. There is not enough time to think of everything you need to do when a hurricane gets close.
  • As a hurricane moves closer to your area, begin monitoring the weather reports every hour.
  • Listen for hurricane watches and warnings.
  • Put fuel in all vehicles and withdraw some cash from the bank. Gas stations and banks may be closed after a hurricane.
  • If authorities ask you to evacuate, do so promptly.
  • If you evacuate, be alert to flooded or washed-out roads. Just a few inches of water can float a car. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown.
  • There is never enough time to get ready for nature's fiercest weather. Give yourself and your family a head start.