Editor's note: This article was last updated Sept. 3, 2019, at 3:32 p.m.
BEAUFORT – Carteret County offices will close at noon Wednesday as officials watch the path of Hurricane Dorian.
The county said in a Tuesday afternoon release all county offices will close at that time and remain closed until further notice.
The County Emergency Operations will be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the release, and "remain staffed continuously until Hurricane Dorian no longer poses a threat to Carteret County."
General inquiries can be called in at 252-726-7061.
MOREHEAD CITY – Morehead City officials joined other county leaders in calling for a state of emergency and issuing voluntary evacuations as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Along with Morehead City, the county and the towns of Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Cape Carteret, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle have ordered states of emergency.
Beaufort officials issued a mandatory evacuation order beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Newport Mayor Dennis Barber said town officials will declare a state of emergency at noon Tuesday. He also said the town will be under a voluntary evacuation order.
Other county leaders say they continue to monitor the storm.
Officials at Bogue Banks Water Corp. urged customers in Emerald Isle, Indian Beach and Salter Path Tuesday to turn off their water before they evacuate from Hurricane Dorian.
“To help secure your property and our water system from potential costly leaks caused by possible broken water lines, please turn off your customer valve when you evacuate Bogue Banks for the hurricane,” wrote Telia Galloway, office administrator, in a release. For more information, reach the Bogue Banks Water Corp. offices at 252-354-3307.
BEAUFORT - As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Carteret County is operating under a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
County Chairman Mark Mansfield signed a declaration late Monday, allowing greater flexibility for emergency management officials to operate as the area prepares for the storm.
The towns of Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shore, Cape Carteret, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle ordered voluntary evacuations Monday.
The County Board of Education canceled its Tuesday evening regular meeting. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, public schools remained open.
This is a developing report.
MOREHEAD CITY - Carteret County officials are going to declare a state of emergency at 8 a.m. Tuesday, in the face of approaching Hurricane Dorian.
The hurricane is forecast to pass along the North Carolina coast Thursday into Friday. The Carteret County Emergency Services Department held a control group meeting at 3 p.m. Monday; this group of county and local government officials coordinates the county-wide response to emergencies, such as hurricanes.
County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mark Mansfield said Monday night in an interview with the News-Times that during the meeting, he signed a declaration of a state of emergency for Carteret County. He also said that the local government officials present all agreed to voluntary evacuations for each of their towns.
"We'll open the emergency operations center tomorrow (Tuesday) on a limited basis," Mr. Mansfield said, "with plans to be fully operational by Wednesday afternoon. We're not expecting deteriorating conditions until early Wednesday morning, but everything's subject to change."
The National Hurricane Center issued an intermediate advisory at 8 p.m. Monday, the latest available. According to this advisory, Dorian is 25 miles northeast of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla. Dorian is a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, with maximum wind speeds of 140 mph.
Although Dorian is stationary as of 8 p.m. Monday, the NHC forecasts it will move up the Atlantic Coast. Mr. Mansfield said county schools will remain open Tuesday, but he expects they'll make a decision by Wednesday on whether or not to close.
The NHC forecasts Dorian will move along the North Carolina coast late Thursday into Friday. As result of this forecast track, Mr. Mansfield said county officials will issue a mandatory evacuation order noon Wednesday for all areas north and east of East Carteret High School. This includes all of the Down East area, which Mr. Mansfield said is at high risk of flooding due to expected rainfall and potential storm surge.
"We'll open the county shelter at Newport Middle School at 5 p.m. (Wednesday)," Mr. Mansfield said, "which is a pet-friendly shelter."
The NHC will issue a full advisory at 11 p.m. Monday. Advisories and more information are available online at the NHC website www.nhc.noaa.gov.