Latest updates on high wind advisories in the Carteret County NC from tropical storms, low pressure systems, and hurricanes in the communities of Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, Newport, and areas down east near Cedar Island, Harkers Island, and other locations.
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Current: December 24, 2020: Very strong winds associated with a cold front moving through the area is affecting the entire county.
February 6th and 7th, 2020
A strong cold front will move in to Eastern NC late Thursday, February 6th extending in to mid-day on Friday, February 7th. This system will bring the possibility of up to 50 mph winds on the immediate coast from the VA / NC border to all of the Crystal Coast, Bogue Banks, and sound areas in Beaufort, Morehead City, and Newport. The affects for this strong cold front and it’s high winds could be very significant for down east areas near Marshallberg, Harkers Island, Smyrna, and Cedar Island. Plan for the real possibility of downed trees and sporadic power outages. Winds continued for most of February 7th causing power outages, downed trees, and very high tides in places like North River.
November 16 And 17, 2019
A coastal low pressure system will build and strengthen as it moves up the Atlantic Coast affecting all of Coastal NC. This system will bring significant high wind out of the NE, rain, and coastal flooding. The high wind advisory is active for Saturday and Sunday on November 16th and 17th and will affect all of Carteret County near Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and areas down east near Harkers Island. At 6 pm on the 16th, winds of 50 mph were reported in all communities with the possibility of 70 mph winds early Sunday morning on the 17th.
October 20, 2019 – The National Weather Service issued an advisory related to the remnants of Tropical Storm Nestor that moved from FL up the East Coast bringing 20 mph winds with gusts to 30 mph for all coastal regions in the county. Areas along Bogue Banks and Down East saw minor beach erosion from wind driven tides.
September 2019: As Hurricane Dorian moved up the East Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, she unleashed winds of around 85 mph with higher gusts mainly near Harkers Island, Cedar Island, Marshallberg, Atlantic, and Smyrna. However, areas along Bogue Banks in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle saw significantly higher tides from wind driven water.
Areas along the Newport River and Calico Creek in Morehead City and Newport also saw higher than normal wind driven tides. Hurricane Dorian winds persisted over Carteret County for up to 4 hours.
During Hurricane Dorian, Emerald Isle saw significant damage from a EF-2 tornado that came ashore as a waterspout and then moved over Cape Carteret and Peletier.
September 2018: Hurricane Florence skirted the NC coast as a strong Category 1 storm unleashing 100 mph winds with higher gusts over the entire county for 24 hours. All coastal areas from Down East, to Bogue Banks, the Newport River, and Calico Creek saw severe storm surge and tides resulting in overwhelming flooding.
High winds also resulted in total power outages across all towns in Carteret County for up to 2 weeks. In addition, 80% of the homes in the local area suffered some type of roof damage and downed trees contributed to power outages and other damage.
Hurricane Florence continues to set the bar for damage in the local area.
Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale (Tropical)
Category 1 – 74 to 95 mph
Category 2 – 96 to 110 mph
Category 3 – 111 to 129 mph
Category 4 – 130 to 156 mph
Category 5 – 157+ mph
Fujita Scale (Tornado)
EF1 – 73 to 112 mph
EF2 – 113 to 157 mph
EF3 – 158 to 206 mph
When Carteret County is under a high wind advisory, please monitor your local weather and emergency management officials as it relates to evacuations and sheltering.
If you see downed power lines, always assume the line IS still charged.
Wind driven storm surge and flooding is the single largest killer in tropical systems.
National Weather Service warning means that a weather event is imminent in the next 24 hours.
National Weather Service watch means that a weather event will affect the local area within the next 36 to 48 hours.
Never drive any vehicle over standing water or water that is moving across a roadway.
Rip currents along the coastal beaches in the county are at high risk when storm systems producing significant winds occur.