GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Counties across eastern North Carolina are preparing as a low pressure threatens heavy rain Monday and Tuesday.
Rain, not wind, is expected to be the biggest problem with the system.
Several inches are expected to fall between Monday and late Tuesday.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Services said they are concerned about the timing of the heaviest rain.
“The rain is going to fall hard and fast late tonight into early tomorrow, especially, we’re looking at right around that morning commute time when it’s going to be the worst of the rain,” said Tom Lonka, a meteorologist with the National Weather Services in Newport.
For the latest forecast check here, and see a breakdown county by county below.
Emergency officials said they are expecting heavy rainfall and for conditions to worsen throughout Monday night.
“We expect conditions to get worse later this evening and into tomorrow,” said Jen Sawyer, Carteret County Emergency Manager. “We are expecting four to six inches of rain, possibly some flooding, some roads being inundated. We want to encourage everyone to steer clear of the flooded roadways. turn around don’t drown.”
They said it’s extremely important for people to monitor the Carteret County Emergency Facebook page for any updates.
“First of all stay informed, continue to monitor local media, listen for updates from public officials,” Sawyer said. “If there is any information that comes out asking them to do anything whether it be evacuate or shelter in place, they need to listen to the public officials.”
They will be using a code red system to send out critical information, which you can sign up for on the Carteret County government website.
Carteret County schools will be operating on a two-hour delay Tuesday.
The town of Emerald Isle has announced all town offices and the community center will be open Tuesday, and all town services will operate as normal.
Craven County Schools are operating under a two-hour delay.
Officials are warning residents and visitors to secure outdoor futnitue and other loose, lightweight objects before the onset of strong winds and rain.
Residents are bracing for bad weather Tuesday afternoon, including serve winds and sound side flooding, which could be two feet.
Emergency Management released the following statement with details for how the storm will effect the county.
Jones County Public Schools are operating under a two-and-a-half-hour delay, which is optional for staff.
In Onslow County, waste water treatment officials enacted emergency irrigation Monday morning after treatment lagoons reached overflow thresholds. Read more about that here.
Schools in Onslow County will also be delayed two hours Tuesday morning.
Pamlico County is operating under a two-hour delay Tuesday.