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Posted on: August 30, 2023

Updated - Idalia: Tropical Storm Warning and State of Emergency

Morehead City State of Emergency Lifted - 2 p.m. Thursday, August 31st Update: The State of Emergency related to Tropical Storm Idalia has been lifted. You can view the State of Emergency termination notice here.  

Morehead City Declares State of Emergency - 10 p.m. Update: A State of Emergency has been declared for Morehead City, effective at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, until further notice. There are no restrictions in place at this time associated with this State of Emergency, however, the public is encouraged to limit travel as a safety measure. View the State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Idalia here. (PDF)

Tornado Watch in Effect - 8 p.m. Update: A Tornado Watch is in effect for the area until 4 a.m. on Thursday, August 31st. 

Weather Risks - National Weather Service - Newport/Morehead City 6 p.m. Update: The NWS has released another weather briefing that shows a heightened flood risk, along with the potential for "many tornadoes" through 9 a.m. Thursday. There is a possibility of power outages in the area. Everyone is encouraged to have multiple ways to receive weather warnings overnight. You can view this updated weather briefing on the NWS website or the PDF version of the 6 p.m. weather update here

Flooding Threat - National Weather Service - Newport/Morehead City 4 p.m. Update: View the most recent weather briefing from the NWS that details anticipated rainfall, flooding and more as a result of Idalia. You can view this weather briefing on the NWS website or the PDF version of the 4 p.m. weather update

Carteret Community College Update - 12 noon Update: Click here for the latest information from Carteret Community College. 

Trash and Yard Debris Pickup - 11:45 a.m. Update:  At this time, GFL is planning to run the trash pickup route on a delay Thursday. In addition, Morehead City's yard debris pickup will continue as conditions allow. This may change, so please continue to check our website and official social media for updates. 

Carteret County Public Schools Update - 10:45 a.m. Update: Carteret County Public Schools will operate on a remote learning day for students on Thursday, August 31, 2023. After school activities are also canceled for Wednesday and Thursday as well.

Original Post: August 30th - 8 a.m. Report: Morehead City and the surrounding area is under a Tropical Storm Warning due to what is currently Hurricane Idalia. Flash flooding and the potential for multiple tornadoes are among the anticipated effects as a result of this storm system. 

View our Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparedness information on our website here, which includes links to our official social media accounts, verified area media outlets and the Duke Energy Progress Outage Map. 

You can find the latest National Weather Service - Newport/Morehead City briefing on their website

You can also view the NWS Briefing on Hurricane Idalia - August 30, at 8 a.m. here in PDF form. 

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