Carteret County calls in National Guard, prepares for flooding

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – The emergency operations center in Morehead City was activated Saturday morning, and Carteret County has brought in two National Guard and one swift water rescue team for assistance during the storm.

Although tropical storm wind gusts are likely, that is  not the main worry.

“Our primary concern is devastating and catastrophic flooding,” said Jen Sawyer, Carteret County Emergency Management coordinator. “We’re going to see flooding through parts of the county that don’t typically see flooding. The potential for streets and roadways to be blocked is great, and it could last for several days.”

Several more inches of rain are likely through tomorrow.

A shelter has been set up at Newport Middle School for those needing a place to stay.

County leaders do advise that if you come across high water, turn around, don’t drown and find an alternate route.

Man towns and cities have set up curfews for the night.

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