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Rhodestown Fire would like to thank Lowes Home Improvement (Yopp Rd) Manager Nick Hewitt for you kindness. We greatly ap...
10/21/2020

Rhodestown Fire would like to thank Lowes Home Improvement (Yopp Rd) Manager Nick Hewitt for you kindness. We greatly appreciate your donation, for our members to utilize much needed supplies for the station.

10/07/2020

Accident on 258 at the 111 intersection. Traffic going towards Jacksonville is backed up and is unable to turn right onto 111. Please use caution as crews are working.

Thomas Wright was a dedicated member of our department for several years, he loved serving his community and helping oth...
10/07/2020
Packers salute U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Wright this week for 'Operation Fan Mail'

Thomas Wright was a dedicated member of our department for several years, he loved serving his community and helping others. His assignment serving in the United States Marine Corps took he and his family out west a couple of years ago.
We are truly proud to see him recognize by a large organization like the Green Bay Packers for his hard work and dedication to serving his country.

Thomas we miss you here at Rhodestown, hopefully your career brings you closer to us again someday.

https://www.packers.com/news/packers-salute-u-s-marine-corps-gunnery-sergeant-thomas-wright-this-week-for-ope

Packers, WPS Health Solutions honored Wright and his family virtually in conjunction with Monday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons

Kitchen towels, oven mits and papers are common items that are left around a stove. Be sure to remove all items and neve...
10/06/2020

Kitchen towels, oven mits and papers are common items that are left around a stove. Be sure to remove all items and never place them on the stove even when off.

Keep kids 3’ away from hot things. Be sure to remove all potential trip hazards too. This can include toys and pets.
10/02/2020

Keep kids 3’ away from hot things. Be sure to remove all potential trip hazards too. This can include toys and pets.

🔥 ITS FIRE PREVNTION MONTH 🔥
10/01/2020

🔥 ITS FIRE PREVNTION MONTH 🔥

Today we stop to remember the 343 firefighters, 37 police officers and 2 paramedics who lost their lives 19 years ago to...
09/11/2020

Today we stop to remember the 343 firefighters, 37 police officers and 2 paramedics who lost their lives 19 years ago today. We continue to honor them and the thousands more we have lost since due to health issues developed from responding to ground zero.We remember the ultimate sacrifice they all gave and pray for the family and friends who have been impacted.

09/10/2020

It has came to our attention that there is someone going door to door saying they are conducting a fundraiser on our behalf. We are NOT conducting any fundraising at this time. If you have someone come to your door please call the Sheriff's Office to report the activity.

09/09/2020
On Monday we had a visit from Mike Causey Insurance Commissioner State Fire Marshal visit our department. Mr. Causey pre...
08/27/2020

On Monday we had a visit from Mike Causey Insurance Commissioner State Fire Marshal visit our department. Mr. Causey presented our department with a check for our grant for fire equipment. Mr. Causey also congratulated our members on lowering our fire insurance rating from ISO- 7 to ISO- 4. This insurance rating will go effective November 1st 2020.

08/13/2020

Our Rhodestown family would like to congratulate Jerry Johnson and his wife
Arrie on the arrival of their baby boy Liam last night. Welcome to the family!

08/09/2020
Onslow County Government

There will be not road side clean up of storm debris in the wake of Hurricane Isaias. The following is a press release from Onslow County.

Onslow County has NOT met the threshold to activate the FEMA contract for debris pick-up in the unincorporated areas of the County. As an alternative, the Onslow County Landfill located at 415 Meadowview Road, Jacksonville will be open the next three Sundays (August 9th, 16th and 23rd) from 8 AM to 5 PM to allow residents to dump YARD WASTE ONLY at NO CHARGE. These special event days are only for yard debris like branches, leaves, and grass. No household trash or construction waste can be brought to the Landfill during the special yard waste event days. Loads containing any household or construction waste brought to the Landfill during the three special yard waste event days will be turned away. The Landfill will operate on regular hours Monday-Saturday. Please bring household and construction waste during that time. Normal fees will apply for yard waste brought outside the special event dates.

08/04/2020

Our crew is assisting Southwest Fire Dept. with a working structure fire in the 1300 block of Pony Farm rd. Please use caution in that area.

Please use caution if you must travel. The light by our station (hwy 258 and Rhodestown Fire dept. rd) is out. Remember ...
08/04/2020

Please use caution if you must travel. The light by our station (hwy 258 and Rhodestown Fire dept. rd) is out. Remember to treat lights that are out as a 4 ways stop.

North Carolina's Weather Authority
08/04/2020

North Carolina's Weather Authority

Hurricane Isaias unexpectedly strengths even more off the coast.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radars indicate that the maximum sustained winds associated
with Hurricane Isaias have increased to 85 mph (135 km/h) with higher gusts. The minimum pressure measured by the plane was 988 mb 8 mb
(29.18 inches).

08/03/2020

Accident on 258 in the 3700 block. (Past pony farm going towards Jacksonville) take alternate route.

Keep watching local news and weather for the latest updates.
08/03/2020

Keep watching local news and weather for the latest updates.

Tropical Storm Isaias hanging in there with top winds of 70 mph at 11 pm. The latest NHC path has edged to the right a bit with projected landfall west of Wilmington as a strong tropical storm (winds of 70 mph). It will then move across Kinston and Greenville. For the Crystal Coast, a tornado threat will exist, along with heavy rain, a surge of a foot or two, and wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph, mainly late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

08/03/2020

PLEASE use caution as our department is working a wreck on highway 258 by the racetrack. Slown down when driving through to protect our members.

Please start making preparations now.
07/31/2020

Please start making preparations now.

OUTDATED POST

HURRICANE ISAIAS UPDATE: Overnight the odds of Hurricane Isaias making landfall along the NC coast went up, now is the time to start making preparations along the coast. Model data overnight started to get a better handle on the situation. However, not fully there’s still some models with a south Florida landfall!

We have been tracking for days now, and it's becoming clear that NC will see impacts. Isaias overnight unexpectedly strengthened to a Hurricane with winds of 80 MPH; it was not forecasted to be a Hurricane originally until Saturday morning. Today and tomorrow, the system is expected to strengthen to nearly to a Cat 2 Hurricane 100 MPH storm a Cat 2 is 110 MPH. "On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the Southeastern Bahamas today. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas tonight, and move near or over the Northwestern The Bahamas and be near or east of the Florida peninsula on Saturday and Sunday." from the National Hurricane Center.
I'll cover the impacts possible on the current track in this update below.

TRACK: Here's the million-dollar question, it has become clearer that NC will likely see impacts from Hurricane Isaias. The key questions remain how far west the system goes? When does it turn north? One thing that is becoming clear is NC could see impacts, including the potential of a landfalling Hurricane. We could also see a close call with impacts, only time will tell. Furthermore, I can't tell you precisely who will get impacts and where impacts will be worse. I'm very confident any impacts will be after Sunday. This is not the page where you will see full-on hype like other pages, I just don't believe in doing that. Keep in mind the average track error for any tropical system 4 days out is 150 miles+. It is likely lower with Isaias, but a 50-mile shift east or west impacts change either way. I can't pin that exact location yet.

BOTTOM LINE: Impacts are becoming likely, but exactly how bad is still up in the air. I know I sound like a broken record and it's frustrating to read, the limitations in meteorology and mother nature are out of my control. I'm expecting conditions to go downhill Monday morning along the southern coast and spread up the coast and inland through Tuesday. That means you have today Saturday and Sunday to prepare, it's always better to prepare than not and be surprised. Hey maybe if you prepare, it goes away 🙂.

TRACK 1 (GREEN): The system gets ripped apart by the land interactions and is weak with a landfall in Florida (lowest chance track right now) lower chances of happening, but can't rule it out.

TRACK 2 (YELLOW): The system stays organized and moves up the coast as a strong Tropical Storm or Hurricane the high-pressure ridge blocks it from going out to sea (impacts likely on this track) Worst possible track for NC, this threat is increasing, unfortunately. The exact passage of the center will make all the difference.

TRACK 3 (ORANGE) The system is able to stay strong and organized, but the trough over the US pushes it out to sea, and it misses the East Coast altogether. This is the best-case scenario, let's keep our fingers crossed

Based on the tracks above here are the scenarios assuming it does not do track 1 🙂

SCENARIO 1 (Image 3) Worst case scenario, Hurricane Isaias turns north and slides along the coast before making landfall near the NC/SC border. Then it slides inland before heading back out to sea. It would likely keep it over very warm water, a strong Cat 1 hurricane would be coming toward NC. Obviously, this would bring significant impacts to coastal NC, eastern NC, and Central NC could see at least something. We would still see impacts, heavy rainfall, high winds, tornadoes, power outages, flooding, and storm surge. Tropical-storm-force winds could extend inland, and Hurricane-force winds would cover the coast and parts of Eastern NC.

SCENARIO 2 Image (4) Hurricane Isaias does not make landfall in NC and just slides along the coast, this would bring impacts to coast. Storm surge, heavy rainfall, high winds, and power outages.

SCENARIO 3: The storm goes north and west, making a quick landfall in Flordia and heads out to sea. Missing North Carolina completely. Least Likely to happen based on the data

WHICH ONE WILL HAPPEN? The latest data supports either scenario 1 or 2, I leaning toward those but unfortunately, we can't pinpoint which one and that makes a difference. 50 Miles, either way, inland, or in the ocean, is big.

DO NOT PANIC: The forecast is still about 3-4 days away, there is no reason to full-on panic and go crazy. This is a very complex system; any changes in speed, trough, and high would cause big differences for NC. Let's see what happens during the day today. Basically, if you are along the coast, you should make preparations and be ready to evacuate if told. Eastern NC inland areas, just stay tuned to the forecast.

WHAT SHOULD I THINK ABOUT? Someone will get worse than forecasted, someone will see nothing, and somewhere will end up with exactly what was predicted. That's science; we can't control it; just try and forecast it 🙂 Don't panic; just be prepared; we should be based on the state we live in.

Regardless of this track or this system, it is always important to have a hurricane preparedness kit, especially if you live in North Carolina. What should I have in it? Begin to make a list and replenish or start a kit. 1) You should have enough food and water for each person for 3-4 days.
2) be sure to fill up prescriptions and have medicine on hand that you may need.
3) radios, batteries, and phone chargers are a must-have.
4) have extra gas on hand and cash
5) The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. If you do, now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles, but have multiple options. Your destination could be a friend or relative who doesn't live in an evacuation zone. If you live in a well-built home outside the evacuation zone, your safest place may be to remain home. Be sure to account for your pets in your plan.
Don't freak out or panic, I'll be with you every step of the way with the best forecast and possible and what to do remember it can and will change so hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Check out the average error for each forecast point in the cone of uncertainty from The National Hurricane Center.
24 Hours= 50 miles
48 Hours= 80 miles
72 hours= 120 miles
96 hours= 175 miles
120 hours= 225 miles
While forecasting has gotten better, it is a science and is still very unpredictable; it is better to be prepared than surprised. We are 120 hours out, so the average error is 225 miles. Subtle changes in the track will lead to entirely different impacts; thus, it is way too soon to know the effects or any we will have in NC. We must just watch the situation and prepare correctly; there's plenty of time for this to shift off the coast or to worse or better.

Posted 8:50AM Friday, July 31st, 2020,

This seems to be a fast moving system,  however now is the time to prepare.
07/30/2020

This seems to be a fast moving system, however now is the time to prepare.

TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS UPDATE: Please read before asking questions they very well might be answered. Tropical Storm Isaias was officially designated by the national hurricane center. Exact forecast track and future of the storm remains very fluid, we can and will see changes to the track over the next few days. Although, the chances of US mainland impacts are increasing, and impacts in North Carolina are also growing. We still do not know with confidence, what the future track would exactly be, and what the intensity of the storm will be. The next 24 hours will be critical to nailing down the track. Right now, the system is moving over the Dominican Republic; the high terrain will impact the system but to what extent is not known right now. Overnight, the odds of North Carolina being impacted by Isaias went up. So what happened, models begin to shift north and east on the trend that has occurred over the past two days. High Pressure is expected to break down and move east, which will allow the storm to turn north. I thought by today we would have a better idea of the situation, we just don't. I simply, with all my forecasting, 3-4 days from now know exactly where Isaias will make the turn north and east. Furthermore, I can't tell you precisely who will get and where impacts will be worse. I'm very confident any impacts will be next week. This is not the page where you will see full-on hype like other pages, I just don't believe in doing that.

WHERE WILL ISAIAS GO: This is the million-dollar answer, models are beginning to show the north and east trend. This is why our impacts are going up, that doesn't mean a full-on panic and clear the stores yet :).

TRACK: Today, the system will be passing over the Dominican Republic due to the high terrain this area is notorious for weakening or destroying storm circulations. Once the system passes over the Dominican Republic and ends up in the Atlantic ocean near the Bahamas, we should have a better idea of the track. Forecast models vary from landfall in Florida to landfall in NC and or out to sea. On the map below is a variety of computer models that forecast tropical systems; this system has been a headache from the beginning. The computer model still and have not had a good handle on the situation. Many of the models are changing every six hours from west to east; this makes it impossible to make a good forecast to help folks prepare. The hope is over the next 24 hours; we can nail down the exact track and figure out what the plan should be. As we all know, the exact track and passage of the system will lead to what we can expect along the coast and or in North Carolina. I hope to have scenarios of possible tracks and
SCENARIOS: IMAGE 2

TRACK 1 (GREEN): The system gets ripped apart by the land interactions and is weak with a landfall in Florida (lowest chance track right now)

TRACK 2 (YELLOW): The system stays organized and moves up the coast as a strong Tropical Storm or Hurricane the high-pressure ridge blocks it from going out to sea (impacts likely on this track)

TRACK 3 (ORANGE) THE system is able to stay strong and organized, but the trough over the US pushes it out to sea, and it misses the East Coast altogether. This is the best-case scenario, let's keep our fingers crossed.

TRACK TWO AND THREE HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!

WORDS OF ADVICE: Models change about every 6 hours, so don't let pages freak you out with crazy predictions. The key to forecasting hurricanes/tropical systems is to watch for trends and consistency. Don't let what you see cause you to panic or let your guard down.

WHAT SHOULD I THINK ABOUT? Someone will get worse than forecasted, someone will see nothing, and somewhere will end up with exactly what was predicted. That's science; we can't control it; just try and forecast it :) Don't panic; just be prepared; we should be based on the state we live in. If you have plans along the coast next week, keep checking back to the forecast don't change anything yet.

WHAT TO DO KNOW: Do not panic, but the chances of a US mainland landfall or North Carolina landfall is increasing. The exact track/intensity is not known; therefore, exact impacts cannot be answered. You should begin to assemble a hurricane preparedness kit if you have not already done so. Regardless of this track or this system, it is always important to have a hurricane preparedness kit, especially if you live in North Carolina. What should I have in it? Begin to make a list and replenish or start a kit.

1) You should have enough food and water for each person for 3-4 days.

2) be sure to fill up prescriptions and have medicine on hand that you may need.

3) radios, batteries, and phone chargers are a must-have.

4) have extra gas on hand and cash

5) The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. If you do, now is the time to begin planning where you would go and how you would get there. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles, but have multiple options. Your destination could be a friend or relative who doesn't live in an evacuation zone. If you live in a well-built home outside the evacuation zone, your safest place may be to remain home. Be sure to account for your pets in your plan.

Don't freak out or panic, I'll be with you every step of the way with the best forecast and possible and what to do remember it can and will change so hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Check out the average error for each forecast point in the cone of uncertainty from The National Hurricane Center.

24 Hours= 50 miles
48 Hours= 80 miles
72 hours= 120 miles
96 hours= 175 miles
120 hours= 225 miles

While forecasting has gotten better, it is a science and is still very unpredictable; it is better to be prepared than surprised. We are 120 hours out, so the average error is 225 miles. Subtle changes in the track will lead to entirely different impacts; thus, it is way too soon to know the effects or any we will have in NC. We must just watch the situation and prepare correctly; there’s plenty of time for this to shift off the coast or to worse or better.

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