Crystal Coast enjoys Saturday sunshine yet prepares for rain

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – Some areas along the Crystal Coast have picked up more than a foot of rain in the past week.

While many folks enjoyed a sunny Saturday, it will be a different story come Sunday.

“I love it, this is great,” said tourist, Nancy Weichel.

Some rain and wind wasn’t going to stop Weichel from making the more than 8 hour drive from Pennsylvania.

“If anything we’d have a hurricane party. We’d just stay indoors in drink,” said Weichel.

Yet, Mother Nature gave the Crystal Coast a break, allowing thousands to get out and enjoy the Seafood Festival.

For some vendors, Saturday was the first day they could set up their tent and fundraise.

“We really need a Saturday crowd to make some money,” said Glenn Howell.

Howell is with the West Carteret Future Farmers of America chapter.

When Carteret County Schools closed early yesterday, all after school activities were also cancelled. So manning the club’s tent at the Seafood Festival wasn’t happening.

Howell said they normally raise between $6,000 and $8,000 at the festival, but not this year.

“Our profits have been cut by probably half when we couldn’t serve yesterday and last night,” said Howell.

Over in Atlantic beach, flooding on the sound side and rough surf are only expected to get worse tomorrow.

“On sound side is mainly where our concern is with the tidal surge,” said Atlantic Beach Fire Captain, Kevin White. “Ocean side will have beach erosion.”

“It was the highest I’ve ever seen it. But no fear up here,” said Atlantic Beach resident, Rosalyn Moody. “It’s been terrible, yea, lots of rain. The wind is supposed to pick up tomorrow, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

There are some areas in Atlantic Beach with high water signs and things are expected to be worse with high tide.

Cpt. White reminds folks to stay out of the water and use caution when driving on roads covered in water.

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