Memorial Day weather: Friday PM update

Published 4:50 pm Friday, May 26, 2023

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From Chris Newkirk / Beaufort County Emergency Services:

This afternoon’s update from the National Weather Service included minor reductions in the anticipated rainfall totals and an increase in wind values for Beaufort County. Those changes have been highlighted below.

Current forecast details for Beaufort Co.

Coastal Flood Advisory

  • Waterways along the Pamlico River are expected to be 2 to 3 feet higher than normal through the weekend.
  • Areas susceptible to prolonged northeast winds could experience water levels 3 to 4 feet higher than normal late Saturday evening / night.


  • Winds will remain sustained between 15 and 20 mph with gust between 25 and 30 mph through midnight Saturday.
    • Areas along our open waterways could experience frequent gust up to 35 mph.
  • Our highest winds are expected to occur between 12pm and 5pm today as well as 7am to 7p tomorrow.


  • Rain will begin to move into Beaufort County early tomorrow morning, with most areas receiving rain by 10am. Rain will remain in the forecast through Monday with most areas receiving 1 to 2 inches.
    • Areas in the southeast corner of our county to include Blounts Creek, Edwards, Bonnerton and Aurora could receive 2 to 3 inches.
  • Our heaviest rains are expected to occur between 2am and 8am Sunday morning.


  • While thunderstorms are possible with this event, they are not expected to be severe.

Please see below and attached briefing from the National Weather Service for more information. This will be the final briefing pertaining to this system.

We encourage everyone to monitor local media outlets for additional updates and / or advisories that may be issued.


From the National Weather Service / Morehead City:

Attached is final briefing for a coastal storm bringing multiple hazards to eastern North Carolina for Memorial Day weekend.  The timing of wind and rain has slowed a bit, but impacts remain the same.

We are carefully watching the potential for some stronger storms Saturday evening.  If that potential increases, we will follow up with more information on that threat.

NWS Morehead City Briefing #5 Multiple Hazards May 26th 2023