Hurricane Force Gusts, Coastal Flooding Expected in Eastern Carteret This Weekend

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A graphic from the National Weather Service showing Coastal Flooding threats in our area. (NWS as of Friday morning)

Carteret County officials have released a statement ahead of the coastal low pressure system that is expected to bring high winds and coastal flooding to the area tonight through early Monday:

“The National Weather Service in Newport is forecasting significant coastal flooding for Downeast areas of Carteret County including areas east of Davis towards Cedar Island. Minor coastal flooding could also occur across the county. Wind gusts may reach near 50 mph along the Crystal Coast.”

The storm will also bring inches of rain to the area, with up to 6 inches possible in Morehead City, Beaufort, Down East and Merrimon. Sealevel, Atlantic and Cedar Island could see even more, according to the National Weather Service’s storm briefing this morning.

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The eastern end of Carteret County along with Hyde and Dare counties are expected to be the most impacted.

The local National Weather Service placed Eastern Carteret under three advisories.

High Wind Warning

  • North winds 30-40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph
  • Downed trees and power outages expected
  • In effect 7 am Saturday though 5 pm Sunday

Coastal Flood Warning

  • Areas adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound are at risk of life-threatening inundation (flooding on usually dry ground)
  • Beach erosion and overwash is expected on oceanside locations north of Cape Lookout
  • Road closures are possible due to flooding
  • Moderate flooding is forecast for Duke Marine Lab
  • In effect 7 am Saturday through 1 am Monday

High Surf Advisory

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  • Locations and impacts are the same as the Coastal Flood Warning
  • In effect 7 am Saturday through 1 pm Monday

The rest of Carteret County, west of Beaufort and the ICW, is under a Wind Advisory from 7 am Saturday through 5 pm Sunday with winds of 25-30 mph expected and gusts up to 50 mph possible.

The NWS will have a full update on the coming storm at 6 pm. You can view the most current weather briefing here.