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The Carteret County Control Group, which is made up of key county and town staff and elected officials will meet at 3 pm today to discuss emergency operations as Hurricane Dorian makes a slow northward turn up the Southeast Coast.

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as Hurricane Dorian makes a slow northward turn up the Southeast Coast.

The Carteret County Control Group, which is made up of key county and town staff and elected officials will meet at 3 pm today to discuss emergency operations as Hurricane Dorian makes a slow northward turn up the Southeast Coast.

This meeting follows a brief conference call between county, town and EMS officials at 1:30 pm today. County Chair Mark Mansfield said the call went well. One volunteer fire department chief said the call was over by the time they logged into the system.

No word of evacuations or shelter openings has been heard as of 2:45 pm.

“Everyone is in preparation mode of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best” Mansfield said. “More info will be coming out this afternoon and in [the] morning after [the] control group meeting at 3.”

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This is the second county Control Group meeting ahead of the storm. The group last met at 5 pm yesterday, and the county released a statement afterward.

“The Carteret County Emergency Management Office is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian,” the news release said. “The area could possibly experience high winds, rainfall, storm surge and flooding by mid-week.”

The release also urged citizens to listen to official forecasts, sign up for CodeRed updates, gather supplies and complete other preparations.

Read the full 1st Dorian news release from the county

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The 2 pm NHC forecast has not changed in any meaningful way for Carteret County. Dorian’s track shows the storm going over or near Cape Lookout late Thursday light or early Friday morning as a Category 2 with winds of 100 mph. Tropical storm force winds may be felt as early at Wednesday night.

Storm surge and rainfall are threatening the area as well. Rainfall predictions are in the 10-15 inches range, and surge predictions are in the 6-9 feet range for the Pamlico Sound, Adams Creek, South River and parts of Core Sound.

7-9 feet of inundation – water above normally dry ground – is expected along Hwy 12 between Atlantic and Cedar Island. 6-8 feet of inundation is expected along lowlying areas on the Pamlico, South River and Adams Creek. Low lying areas near North River and the southern end of Core Sound should expect 1-3 feet of inundation.

See the ADCIRC surge and inundation interactive map

Dorian is still moving at a slow crawl and has finally started an expected turn toward the north. It is moving north-northwest at 1 mph as of the latest update. Landfall in Florida, which would de-intensify the storm, is a possibility but still does not appear likely.