A winter storm warning goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for Beaufort, Dare, mainland Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties. A winter storm advisory goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for the rest of Eastern Carolina. The threats are snow, sleet and freezing rain.
The Coast Guard is leaving its station at Cape Hatteras following Winter storms that scraped away a 12-foot sand dune and brought the ocean to within 150 feet of the installation. Erosion along the beach has flooded the station's sewage treatment plant. During a Nor'easter last week, ocean overwash raced over the flattened beach and pooled around the housing and office area. A Coast Guard spokesman says plans to abandon the station were in the works before the erosion got worse.