NEWPORT, N.C. (WNCT) – The National Weather Service in Carteret County helps put information out to our First Alert team of meteorologists.
WNCT’s Jacqueline Matter got an inside look at what they do to keep your local weather authority giving you up to the minute information.
On a typical day there are two or three meteorologists on staff monitoring weather conditions around the clock in Newport but when severe weather is a threat that number could double.
The National Weather Service tracks storms 24/7 and issues advisories and watches to keep you safe.
“Monitoring the radar, staffing up for the severe event as well,” said John Cole, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport.
Everywhere you turn inside their office there are dozens of screens to monitor everything from radar to social media.
The coordinator of the Newport office says they rely heavily on partners like WNCT during severe weather, since getting safety information out is vital to the public.
“To get that information and get it out to the general public and get it out to more of those ears out there in our area so we work very close together as a team,” said Cole.
And they often get reports of downed power lines, trees and damaged homes.
In those cases they’ll send crews out to report any damages.
“We’ll go out and survey that area to see if in fact it was straight line winds or tornadic winds.”
They also work closely with the National Weather Service offices across the state and country, which help them determine when it’s time to issue warnings.
“If you get all the right ingredients together you can get those stronger tornadoes and we’ve seen them in the past and this could be possibly one of those where we do see a strong tornado here in Eastern North Carolina,” said Cole.
Cole also says their meteorologists will continue to track the storm throughout the evening hours of Wednesday and expects several crews to be surveying damages Thursday throughout Eastern Carolina.