From the looks of the beaches in Carteret County Thursday with the sunny skies and moderate waves you would never know a storm is approaching.
But it was not all fun and games for Carteret County officials as dozens of authorities attended a briefing to go over preparations.
Carteret emergency management director JoAnn Smith says if needed they may open shelters in Atlantic and Newport Friday.
Smith also wants to warn residents in low lying areas to be aware of flooding.
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