CARTERET COUNTY, NC (August 30, 2023 – 8:00 AM) – Carteret County is now under a tropical storm warning as the county prepares for the impending impact of Idalia. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. The county was previously under a tropical storm watch, which meant conditions were possible.
According to the National Weather Service, weather conditions are expected to impact Carteret County starting Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning. Updated forecasts indicate the likelihood of heavy rainfall, potential flash flooding, and increased storm surge totals compared to earlier forecasts for Carteret County.
Residents who live primarily along immediate shorelines and Down East are urged to be especially vigilant due to the possibility of storm surge. These residents should closely monitor high-tide cycles as they align with the forecasted time of the storm’s impact. The storm’s track and intensity are still being monitored, so these projections could change if the storm’s track changes.
Carteret County residents should continue to monitor the storm via local news media, follow updates from the National Hurricane Center and local National Weather Service office. Visit carteretcountync.gov for the latest storm information, disaster preparedness tips, or to sign up for emergency alerts.