Weather service forecasts coastal system could bring flooding along Crystal Coast Saturday night

A National Weather Service map shows areas where a forecasted coastal low-pressure system may cause inundation Saturday night into Sunday night. (NWS graphic)

NEWPORT — Residents on and near the waterfront in Carteret County, especially Down East, may see significant inundation this weekend.

The National Weather Service Newport weather forecasting office issued a briefing Thursday morning about a strong coastal low-pressure system forecast to affect eastern North Carolina Saturday night into Sunday.

The NWS said while it was still “a little early for specific details,” local forecasters have increased confidence the system is developing.

“Regardless of specifics, a prolonged period of strong north-northeast winds will combine with high astronomical tides and dangerous seas to produce several hazards along the coast this weekend,” the NWS said. “The threat for coastal flooding, ocean overwash, rough surf and beach erosion is increasing through the weekend, peaking Sunday.”

The NWS forecasts minor to locally moderate coastal flooding as likely for sound-side and ocean-side locations in Carteret County and elsewhere along the state’s coast. Residents and visitors in low-lying areas are advised to monitor forecasts closely over the next several days.

The NWS provides forecasts, watches, warnings, outlooks, advisories and more information on its website


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Crystal Coast'should be Dingbatter coast.What happened to good ole Carteret County?Like Down East'anything east of Raleigh is Down East now. Down East is Core Sound as in sailing from Shell Point to Cedar Island.Let the Dings have the Crystal yuck'I'll stick with Carteret County and Down East as in Core Sound.And yes honey its a wery hi tide!

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