NEW INFO: Carteret County Flooding

Carteret County Emergency Services Director John Ford says the eastern part of N.C. 12 near Cedar Island has been blocked off due to flooding.

Ford says there are no current reports of damage or power outages in the county at this time. However, there are reports of flooding in Sea Level. Residents say it appears those flood waters are receding a bit, but officials warn that flood levels could fluctuate through 7 p.m. Sunday night.

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Carteret County emergency leaders want folks living there to remember Sandy isn't done with the coast yet.

They predict moderate coastal flooding, rough surf and over wash, as well as sustained winds in the 35 to 45 mile per hour range along the shore with gusts up to 65 miles per hour through Monday.

Inland resident could experience gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

Emergency leaders also warn of "breaking waves that will increase to 10 to 15 feet today north of Cape Lookout and 6 to 10 feet south with significant beach erosion and dangerous rip currents making any swimming dangerous."

There is flood watch in effect for through Monday morning, with more rainfall expected throughout today.

As far as coastal flooding goes, it's expected downeast Carteret County along Pamlico Sound residents should prepare for inundation of 3 to 5 feet above ground level highest in small narrow creeks off the sound.

As far as the Core Sound into Harkers Island and Beaufort, residents should prepare for 2 to 4 feet of inundation with 1 to 2 feet above ground level possible into Harkers Island and Beaufort. Resident in
Bogue Sound should prepare for inundation of around 1 foot above ground level on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach too Emerald Isle and into Swansboro.

The updates also states "Atlantic Elementary was opened last night at 6 pm. It is being staffed by Sea Level Fire & EMS along with the Carteret County Salvation Army. We urge citizens to take caution and feel free to utilize this shelter if they do not feel safe in their current location. If visiting the shelter, we urge individuals to take their own shelter kit and supplies."

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Residents are weathering the impacts from Hurricane Sandy, as the storm continues to dump rain on areas like Atlantic Beach in Carteret County.

The trees, flags and of course waves were the tell tale signs Saturday evening of Sandy’s presence.

Resident James Brown described his visit to the beach, “We were out here early and came out to see high tide and it about blew me down out there."

Linda Brown says mother nature’s might was apparent.

"It was good and strong! I couldn’t hardly pull my car door shut."

The Browns have a home on Atlantic Beach and said their plan was to do yard work this weekend, but Sandy quickly changed those plans.

“I’m making pumpkin cupcakes and staying indoors and reading and relaxing,” said Linda.

One look was enough for the couple, who now plan to stay out of the elements.

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