Beaufort County under tropical storm, flood watches

Published 12:08 pm Thursday, September 1, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for Beaufort County.

A watch indicates that tropical storm wind conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.

Factors to watch include:


  • Peak wind forecast: 30-40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph
  • Current threat to life and property is moderate. Remain braced against the reasonable threat for strong tropical storm-force wind of 58 to 73 mph. To be safe, efforts should fully focus on protecting life. Properties remain subject to significant wind impacts. Failure to find adequate shelter may result in serious injury.


  • Localized storm surge possible. Potential for up to 2 feet above the ground within surge-prone areas between early Friday evening and early Saturday afternoon. To be safe, prepare for the potential of limited storm surge flooding impacts. Follow the instructions of local officials. Consider voluntary evacuation if recommended.


  • A flash flood watch is in effect for Beaufort County. Peak rainfall amounts are 4-8 inches, and potentially up to 10 inches in some spots.
  • Moderate threat to property. Be safe and remain ready to protect against flooding rain impacts.
  • Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals and ditches overflow. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.
  • Driving conditions may become hazardous.