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Carteret County Flooding In NC From Tropical, Hurricane, Rain, Storm Surge

Archive database and alerts for Carteret County flooding from tropical storms, hurricanes, storm surge, rain, and other events in the communities down east near Harkers Island, Cedar Island, Beaufort, Morehead City, Newport, and the Bogue Banks communities of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle.

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Past Events

October 9 and 10, 2021

Heavy rain and moderate flooding is consistent with a non-tropical low pressure system sitting stationary 100 miles off the coast of Morehead City and areas down east.

September 21 and 22, 2020: Localized flooding and very high tides from Hurricane Teddy several hundred miles offshore. This flooding is mainly being seen in down east communities.

August 15 and 16, 2020: A line of persistent and severe thunderstorms passed over the county bringing heavy rains for several hours. Reports of 8-9 inches of water at the intersection of Atlantic Beach and Highway 58 were reported along with high water conditions along Arendell St at 20th St. Various reports of flash flooding were also reported in all communities down east.

On October 20, 2019 early in the morning expect the chances for heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor has this system moves directly over Eastern NC. There will be a chance for minor beach erosion as well. Nestor will be post-tropical, but still pushing winds of near 25 mph and up to five inches of rain over a short period.

October 2019 King Tides: On October 12th and 13th, the county experienced a king high tide along with a hunter’s full moon that produced localized flooding along Bogue Banks waterfront areas, in addition to communities down east in low lying areas. Areas in Morehead City along Bogue Sound also saw localized pooling of water and in the Crab Point area near the Newport River there was some issues. Additionally, areas along the Newport River in Mill Creek saw water outside the banks of waterways.

Hurricane Dorian in September 2019: Caused significant flooding in the down east communities of Atlantic, Marshallberg, Harkers Island, Stella, Bettie, Otway, and especially Cedar Island where several of the areas wild horses lost their lives. Hurricane Dorian went on to cause catastrophic flooding in the Outer Banks communities of Ocracoke, Hatteras, Buxton, and locally along the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Hurricane Florence in September 2018: This tropical system caused catastrophic flooding in most of Carteret County with all areas down east languishing under heavy storm surge. All communities on Bogue Banks including Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle had record and historic water in the streets and in the estuaries and saltwater marches in Bogue Sound. Areas out near Lake Road in Newport also saw record water from prolonged rain. Hurricane Florence continues to set the bar for rain totals from a storm event in the county from which all other storms will be compared.

This database will be updated as new weather events take place in the community.


Storm surge is the single largest killer of humans during Tropical Storms and Hurricane that are persistent along Eastern NC.

Heavy rains in the county along with wind will cause downed trees on power lines.

Never drive through an area with deep standing water on the roadway. Each year many people loose their lives due to driving through standing water and water moving across roadways.

During heavy rains from weather events, or during tropical cyclones, please monitor local emergency management official alerts and evacuations when ordered or suggested.

NEVER attempt to swim in waters that are moving after a storm.

If you receive an alert about a flash flood warning in the area, please take immediate steps to move to higher ground. A flash flood watch means that dangerous conditions are favorable in the county within the next 36-72 hours.

A tropical depression or tropical storm can produce just as much rain as a hurricane, and produce a deadly storm surge.

After an event, remove standing water from gutters and other areas to prevent a major disease carrying mosquito outbreak.

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

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