Frequently updated and historical documentation of Carteret County emergency incidents in the NC communities of Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Newport, Emerald Isle, Harkers Island, and surrounding areas.
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November 20, 2019
After a heavy police emergency response to the Mansfield Parkway and Highway 70 vicinity relating to a felony stop on a suspected stolen car from Cedar Point, rumors spread on social media that the suspect in custody was the Camp Lejeune marine deserter wanted for murder in Virginia. Carteret County emergency officials released a public announcement denying those rumors.
Carteret County government issued a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian that was expected to track close to the area bringing dangerous storm surge, damaging winds, and flooding. The county opened one emergency shelter for local residents. Significant power outages were noted in all communities.
Just before Dorian passed by the area, a EF2 waterspout / tornado came ashore in Emerald Isle causing moderate damage to a RV park and several homes in this Bogue Banks community.
In June 2019, a significant police, fire, and EMS incident and response was activated relating to a reported shark attack victim at Fort Macon State Park involving a teenage girl. Upon arriving at the scene, officials found a 17 year old girl with multiple lacerations and trauma related to the attack and she was taken to Carteret Health Care and then transported to Vidant Medical Center for extensive surgeries.
Carteret County emergency management issued a large scale state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence that caused extensive damage and set the bar for disaster incidents and recovery in the community. Hurricane Florence lingered over all areas in the county for up to 16 hours unleashing torrential rains, floods, downed trees, and complete loss of electricity in the area.
In the aftermath of this hurricane, a large scale disaster response was required.
In August 2018, a 25 year old woman named Kristen Bennett of Newport, NC was reported missing by her mother triggering a large scale search for her in the county. In addition to the law enforcement and police response, social media accounts soon began popping up to help get information out.
Shortly after her disappearance, law enforcement announced the arrest of her boyfriend who they allege murdered her.
In July of 2019, police recovered the remains of Kristen Bennett at a home in Mill Creek NC.
In November 2013, a waterspout came ashore at the border of Atlantic Beach and Pine Knoll Shores causing moderate roof damage to several resorts and caused non-life threatening injuries to several victims. This waterspout continued across Bogue Sound in to Morehead City where it caused damage to Carteret Community College, EL’s Drive In, the local hospital, local post office, and damage to several subdivisions notably Mandy Farms and areas near the Morehead City Country Club and Crab Point.
Local officials with the National Weather Service announced after their investigation that this cell was a EF2 system.