Beaufort County: Severe weather expected this weekend

Published 4:36 pm Friday, December 15, 2023

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From Beaufort County Government:

WASHINGTON, N.C. –– Beaufort County officials urge all residents to make necessary preparations and stay alert to updates as the region prepares for a strengthening storm system that could bring hazardous conditions to our area this weekend.

An approaching low-pressure system is expected to bring rain, heavy winds and localized flooding to eastern North Carolina. This is a dynamic system with an evolving forecast. We expect that the storm will present the most significant hazards to our region between sunrise Sunday morning and sunrise Monday morning.

Forecast details indicate that local impacts from this storm system could be similar to those caused by Tropical Storm Ophelia in September. All Beaufort County residents who experienced flooding and/or similar impacts from Ophelia should immediately begin preparing for this storm.

Due to the forecasted timing, impacts and dynamic nature of the storm, we encourage residents to limit travel for non-essential purposes from Sunday morning to Monday morning.

Here are some things to check on as you prepare for this storm:

  • Prepare your emergency supply kit. This should include a food and water supply, medicine supply, emergency power sources, safety and personal items, and important documents.
  • Have arrangements for temporary housing in place in case you need to evacuate your residence during the storm. Have an emergency contact outside of the impacted region who can help you as needed.
  • If you have a boat and plan on leaving it in the water during the storm, make sure it stays properly secured by making anchoring/mooring arrangements and removing valuable equipment from the boat.
  • Make sure you have multiple ways of receiving emergency updates. Check your radio, local TV stations, cell phone and similar devices for updates on the storm. Make sure you have chargers and extra batteries available for your devices.
  • If you have a generator, verify it is functioning before the storm arrives. Never run a portable generator inside your home.
  • Do not attempt to drive on flooded roads.