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If Holden Beach is threatened by a tropical storm or hurricane during your vacation with Hobbs Realty, you can and should keep up with local news and weather updates. The emergency telephone number to use during a Town of Holden Beach Evacuation is (910) 842-6488, and the Brunswick County Emergency Services Department can be reached at (910) 253-5383. 

Hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30. A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone and normally begins in the tropics as a low-pressure front. 

Hurricane Classifications

There are different classifications of hurricanes, as provided by the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety

  • 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. 

Hurricane Safety Tips

Here are some tips from ReadyNC.org that you can use to keep your family 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.