UPDATED: Severe Weather Will Hit Coastal Areas, Down East Hardest

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Radar as of 4:40 pm Thursday, Feb. 6. The arrows indicate the direction the storm is moving in. (National Weather Service Morehead City Newport)

Updated 5:30 pm Thursday: Tonight’s weather forecast has worsened. All of Eastern North Carolina (ENC), including Carteret County, is under a tornado watch until 1 am Friday. This is in addition to an expanded wind advisory.

Changes to the Carteret County forecast since our original story include:

  • Tornado Watch until 1 am Friday
  • Enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms, up from slight risk
  • The onset of the greatest impacts from the storm has been moved up from 10 pm to 7 pm, lasting until 2 am
  • Wind advisory has been expanded from Eastern Carteret to all of Carteret
  • Isolated hail is possible across the ENC area
  • The images in the original story below were still accurate as of 5:30 pm

Original Story: All of Carteret is under a severe weather threat Thursday evening into Friday as a cold front passes through, with the biggest impacts expected in eastern areas of the county and along the beaches.

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According to the local National Weather Service (NWS), the worst parts of the storm will hit late Thursday and early Friday morning. Potential impacts include downed trees, scattered power outages, isolated structure damage and beach erosion.

The biggest threat to Eastern Carteret — Beaufort, Down East and areas north of Beaufort — is wind.

A high wind advisory will go into effect for those areas at 10 pm Thursday until 5 pm Friday. Sustained winds are expected to be in the 25-35 mph range with gusts up to 50 mph expected. Winds will drop off some time after midnight, then pick back up again around daybreak Friday.

All areas of Carteret County will experience high winds overnight. (National Weather Service Morehead City Newport)

Areas north of Beaufort, Morehead City and Western Carteret are not included in the wind advisory, though gusts exceeding 40 mph are possible overnight especially along the beaches.

A high surf advisory will be in effect for the entire Carteret coastline from 7 pm Thursday to 1 am Saturday. Breaking waves between 7 and 10 feet are expected.

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There is some risk of overwash and erosion in vulnerable areas of Down East Thursday night into Friday, but no coastal flood advisory has been issued.

As the storm moves west to east, periods of heavy rain are expected across the county around midnight until daybreak Friday. (National Weather Service Morehead City Newport)

Rain moved into the area overnight and will pick up as evening nears. Showers with occasional thunderstorms are expected through early Friday morning. The NWS predicts between 1.5 and 2 inches of rain for all areas of Carteret.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 40s late Friday through Saturday.

Follow the local National Weather Service on Facebook or on their website for updates. NWS briefings, issued twice daily, are available here. The next briefing will be published at 6 pm Thursday.