What You Need to Know About Autumn 2018 in Topsail NC

What You Need to Know About Autumn 2018 in Topsail NC


“Even paradise sees its share of storms, but in the end, it’s still paradise”. ~Trevor Driggers


Truer words have never been spoken! We’ve seen our share of storms, but our little piece of paradise still remains strong and beautiful here on Topsail Island, North Carolina. As we continue to recuperate, recover and rebuild after Hurricane Florence, you can rest assured that we are all working together to get back to life as we know it—and as we love it—here on the Carolina coastline.

As we progress, we just wanted to keep you informed with what’s happening now and what you can expect in the next few weeks and months.

At the writing of this blog post, access to the Town of North Topsail Beach is open to vacation rental guests, access to the Towns of Surf City and Topsail Beach remain closed to guests, and all beaches and beach accesses are still closed to the public due to safety hazards. We’ll let you know when this information changes.

With all that being said, here’s what you need to know about Autumn 2018 on Topsail Island and the surrounding area. Stay tuned and follow along with us!


Hurricane Florence Recovery Updates for Topsail Island

Access Realty is working hard to keep you up to date with the latest Hurricane Florence recovery efforts and information. We have a page dedicated to this vital and ever-changing information, so check back often to learn more about the state of the beaches in North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. We are Topsail Strong!


You can visit Access Realty’s Hurricane Update & Recovery page here.


Here are a few more helpful links for Topsail residents and vacationers:


FEMA Assistance/Hurricane Florence Information

National Flood Insurance Program Claim

NC Realtors Hurricane Florence Housing Relief

CSA Travel Insurance & What It Covers


Where To Find the Latest Topsail Beach Updates

Each Topsail Island NC town has its own website and Facebook page, which are the best sources for up-to-date local information.

As each town has its own hurricane recovery and progress to report, it’s best to visit each town’s individual website for specific information about the state of the beach and how things are progressing for each area of the island.


You can find all the current Topsail Island town and beach information you need right here:


North Topsail NC Beach Website

North Topsail Beach Facebook Page

Surf City NC Website

Surf City Facebook Page

Topsail Beach NC Website

Topsail Beach Facebook Page


Topsail Events That Are Still Happening for Fall 2018

You might be wondering which Topsail events you can still enjoy in the upcoming fall months. The good news is that many of them are still a go!

Come on out and support the island with your attendance knowing that you’re helping our local businesses and communities just by being there. That means the world to us!


Autumn With Topsail 2018

October 20-21, 2018

Yes, it’s still on! Celebrate the best of the island and the season at the Autumn With Topsail festival held annually each October. Proceeds from this festival go back into the community and support the historic Assembly Building and the Missiles and More Museum.

The only modification is that there won’t be any indoor activities held in the Assembly Building due roof damage from Hurricane Florence, but that won’t put a damper on this locally loved event!

The festival features a juried Arts and Crafts Court with over 100 regional artisans displaying and selling their work. Enjoy exciting live musical entertainment, a variety of amazing food with beer and wine, inflatables and crafts for children, and much more. Take advantage of the free shuttle service provided from various parking areas in Topsail Beach to the Festival Grounds for easy access.

The 2018 Autumn With Topsail festival runs from Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 21 so save the dates! Adult admission is $5 for the day, $8 for both days. Children 11 and under and active military personnel (with valid ID) are admitted free of charge.


Surf City Fall Fest 2018

October 27, 2018

The Surf City Fall Fest is also on for the end of October!

Come on over to Soundside Park in Surf City for the annual Fall Fest hosted by Surf City Parks and Recreation. The event is free and family friendly with food vendors, inflatables and games, a costume contest, and a sunset movie in the park.

This year’s Surf City Fall Fest is scheduled for Saturday evening, October 27, 2018 from 4-6:30p.m. The featured movie is Hocus Pocus with showing time beginning at sundown.

Come join in all the family fun and celebrate fall with us in true Topsail Island style.


NC Spot Festival in Hampstead

November 3-4, 2018

The North Carolina Spot Festival on the mainland in Hampstead, NC is another local favorite that occurs every November. Mark your calendar for this year’s event, which is slated for the weekend of November 3-4, 2018.

Highlights include the Spot Dinner with all the fixings, live music and other entertainment, inflatables and rides for the kids, as well as a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, pony and camel rides—plus gem mining, too.

The Festival opens at 9a.m. on Saturday and closes with fireworks at 10:30p.m. Sunday the festival opens at 9a.m. and ends at 5p.m. Admission is only 3 dollars!


Topsail Beach NC Vacation Rentals

While some of our rental homes were spared during Hurricane Florence, many of them received minor to sever water damage that will take time to fix. We are working diligently on the repairs in hopes of being able to accommodate your vacation.

As soon as we have information and estimated completion times, we will be emailing and calling you with the status of your reservation. Please know that we might not have any definite answers until as early as two weeks prior to your check in date, but we will notify you as soon as we possibly can.

We are working with over-scheduled vendors who cannot always give us the exact estimated time frames for completion due to the amount of work needed in our area, as well as awaiting a decision from town officials on the date when vacation rentals can resume. We appreciate your cooperation during this overwhelming process.


How You Can Help

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help Topsail Island, NC in its recovery, click on the links below. Thank you for any donations of your time and/or money that you are willing to give.


REALTOR® Relief Foundation

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

Samaritan’s Purse

America Red Cross


We hope this post has helped you to know what’s happening here on Topsail Island, NC. We thank you for all of the thoughts, prayers, and well wishes in the past few weeks. We appreciate them and we appreciate you!


A Hurricane Preparedness Guide

A Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Topsail Island is a relaxing and beautiful summer vacation destination. However, due to our location on the coast of North Carolina, we are vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms during hurricane season. Whether you’re a local, homeowner, or just visiting, here are a few quick tips you will want to know should a hurricane pass through while you’re in our area.


When is Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th every year. Although hurricanes can form as early as May or as late as December, it is very rare to see a storm form in those months. During hurricane season, storms can range from tropical depressions, tropical storms, to category 1-5 hurricanes.


Category Sustained Winds Types of Damage
Tropical Depression Up to 39 mph Rough seas, small craft warnings.
Tropical Storm 39 – 73 mph Heavy seas, capsizing of smaller vessels, flooding of low areas, heavy rain.  A tropical storm is considered a hurricane when winds reach 74 miles per hour.
Category 1 74-95 mph Very dangerous winds will produce some damage. Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
Category 2 96-110 mph Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
Category 3 111-129 mph Devastating damage will occur. Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
Category 4 130-156 mph Catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Category 5 157 mph or higher Catastrophic damage will occur. A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


What Should I Do When A Hurricane is Expected?

There are two different types of storm notifications: a hurricane watch or a hurricane warning. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in the area and are normally issued 48 hours prior to expected storm arrival. A Hurricane Warning means a hurricane is expected in the affected area and is normally issued 36 hours prior to the storm arrival.

VISITORS: Purchasing travel insurance is highly recommended when booking your reservation during the Hurricane Season months. However, travel insurance can only be purchased 30 days prior to your reservation and only when there isn’t an imminent threat of a named storm to our coast. CSA Travel Insurance will only cover your reservation from “unforeseen events” that prevent you from making it to your vacation. (Read more about The Best Way to Protect Your Beach Vacation our blog or visit our CSA Travel Insurance webpage.)

Whenever a hurricane threatens the Topsail Island area, Access Realty will be in touch with you regarding our plan of action. For all residents and guests visiting during this season, you should have a plan in place in the event there is a mandatory evacuation in our area.

When planning your hurricane evacuation, you should:

Plan your Evacuation Route

Should a mandatory evacuation take place, you have the option to either head inland and stay in a hotel or return back home. Before you leave, make sure you have all of your belongings, necessary medications, gas, etc. When the storm passes, you can call our office to see if you are able to return to the home and enjoy the remainder of your vacation.


Prepare a Hurricane Kit

Preparing a kit in advance will ensure you are able to collect the necessary supplies before the shelves are emptied. Your kit should include (at minimum) flashlight(s), batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. You can find more information on hurricane kits here.


If You are Unable to Evacuate

If the storm is looming and you absolutely could not evacuate the area, stay indoors. Stay away from all windows as flying debris could break the glass. Make sure you have your necessary supplies from your hurricane kit readily available, as well as plenty of bottled water and non-perishable food. Also, make sure your cell phone is fully charged in the event there is a power outage so that you can contact family and friends.


Your safety is one of our top priorities here at Access Realty. For more hurricane safety information, visit the following pages:

National Hurricane Center – Track storms in the Atlantic and get up-to-date information on current and future storms.

Ready.gov – Find hurricane kit checklists and helpful information to prepare you in the event of a storm.

A Hurricane Preparedness Guide