(8/29/23) As of 11:20 AM the Wilmington office of the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for coastal Pender County. Hurricane Idalia will move up the Carolina coast late Wednesday night into Thursday, the main impact will be heavy rain and localized flooding. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible, closest to the coast. Minimal tropical storm force winds may cause power outages, again closest to the coast where minor storm surge is also possible. The Town of Surf City will issue another Storm Status Update this evening after the National Hurricane Center releases its 5:00 PM update.