Potential for Severe Weather & Coastal Flooding Tomorrow and Friday | Eastern North Carolina Now

Press Release:

    Our office is monitoring an approaching cold front that has the potential to bring severe weather and coastal flooding to Beaufort County. Current forecast details for our area are as follows:


  • South winds will begin to increase after sunrise tomorrow, becoming sustained between 15 and 25mph by midday. Winds are forecasted to remain above 15mph through sunset on Christmas Day. Gust of 25 to 35 mph are possible during this time. (The highest gust are expected to occur between noon and sunset tomorrow.)


  • Rain chances will begin to increase after sunrise tomorrow, and continue through sunrise Christmas Day. 1 to 1 1/2" of rain is possible during this time.
  • The greatest chance of rain will be between 3p and midnight tomorrow.

    Severe Storms / Possible Tornado(s)

  • Our area has been placed in the "Slight" risk category by the National Weather Service, meaning scattered severe storms are possible. Our greatest chance of severe storms will be after 3p tomorrow.
  • Isolated tornados are possible with passing storm systems.

    Marine Conditions

  • A Gale Warning has been issued for the Pamlico and Pungo Rivers for 4pm tomorrow through 4am Christmas Day. South winds of 20 - 30 kts with gust up to 35 kts and rough waters are expected.

    Coastal Flooding

  • Areas of our coastline susceptible to south winds should expect elevated water levels for tomorrow and Friday. This is especially true for the north banks of the Pamlico and areas along the Pungo River.

    Please click HERE for more information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Their next update is scheduled for 5pm today. We will continue to pass along information as we receive it. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor local media outlets for additional details.

    As always, feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance, and thank you all for what you do to keep Beaufort County prepared and safe.

  • Chris Newkirk
  • Deputy Director
  • Beaufort County Emergency Services
  • 1420 Highland Dr
  • Washington, N.C. 27889
  • Office: (252) 940-6511
  • Cell: (252) 378-5352
  • Chris.Newkirk@co.beaufort.nc.us

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