Hurricane Ian: Sept. 28 PM update

Published 7:25 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2022

From Chris Newkirk, Beaufort County Emergency Services

Please see the email below and attached briefing for the latest update from the NWS.

Confidence in the forecasted conditions for Beaufort County is increasing. This recent update has provided us with additional information, which has been highlighted below.


  • 4 to 6 inches of rain is forecasted for our area. Our greatest chance of rain and highest hourly accumulation is currently forecasted to occur between 2pm Friday afternoon and sunrise Saturday. Heavy downpours capable of causing localized flash flooding is possible during this time.


  • Winds are currently forecasted to be sustained between 15 and 20 mph Thursday through Saturday, with frequent gust of 25 – 35 mph possible during this time.

Storm Surge

  • A Coastal Flood Watch has been issued for Beaufort County. Persistently high NE winds will beginning transitioning to the east around sunset Friday, becoming SE by midnight and S by sunrise. These conditions are expected result in 1 to 3 feet of inundation to the coastal areas of the Pamlico and Pungo Rivers between Friday afternoon and midnight Saturday.

Note: These values and timelines may change with future updates.

We will continue to pass along information as we receive it.


As always, thank you all for what you do to keep Beaufort County informed, prepared and safe.


From NWS Newport/Morehead City:

Our overall impacts from a prolonged period of wind, rain and elevated waters from both Ian and other weather features, HAVE NOT CHANGED.  We still expect a long duration of elevated waters through multiple high tide cycles.

Changes from last briefing:

  • Tropical Storm WATCH issued from Cape Lookout south
  • More detailed slides on the coastal flooding/surge threat
  • More information on the heavy rain threat.

Please see the attached briefing for additional details. Remember, you can monitor conditions in the tropics at

NWS Morehead City Hurricane Ian Briefing #10 Sep 28th 2022