Reconnaissance aircraft found that the depression east of Florida haas strengthened and is now being called Tropical Storm Arthur. Onthe forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coastof Florida and Georgia tonight and Sunday, and then move near oreast of the coast of North Carolina on Monday. Here is additional information from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. 000WTNT31 KNHC 170254TCPAT1 BULLETINTropical Storm Arthur Advisory Number 2NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL0120201100 PM EDT Sat May 16 2020 …RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS THE DEPRESSION EAST OF FLORIDA HASSTRENGTHENED INTO TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR……A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OFRead More →

Watches, warnings, and advisories in effect for New Bern and other parts of Craven County Special Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 715 PM EDT Sat May 16 2020 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression One, located over the western Atlantic Ocean off the east-central coast of Florida. Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days. Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2020. Until then, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant. Tropical Storm Watch OneRead More →

Here is the latest Special Tropical Weather Outlook, issued by NHC at 8:10 a.m. EDT Saturday morning, discussing the potential for tropical or subtropical development off the east coast of Florida. An area of low pressure is located just offshore of the southeast coast of Florida and continues to produce shower activity and gusty winds from portions of southeast and east-central Florida eastward across the Northwest Bahamas and the adjacent Atlantic waters. Satellite images and surface observations indicate that the low is gradually becoming better defined, but the associated showers and thunderstorms remain disorganized. Continued gradual development is expected, and the system is likely toRead More →

A Special Tropical Weather Outlook has been issued to discuss the potential for subtropical development this weekend northeast of the Bahamas. An area of cloudiness and thunderstorms located over the Straits of Florida is forecast to spread northeastward during the next day or two. Environmental conditions are expected to become conducive for development, and this system is likely to become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm this weekend when it is located near or north of the northwestern Bahamas. The system is forecast to move generally northeastward over the western Atlantic early next week. Regardless of development, the disturbance is expected to bring locallyRead More →

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by a severe winter storm moving through the southern U.S. The National Weather Service reports that a strong storm system crossing the Southwest early Friday morning will likely take a southerly track across the southern plains to the South and then to the southeastern U.S. coast through the weekend. Snow and freezing rain is forecast in eastern New Mexico and the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles by late Friday, and continuing into early Saturday. Heavy rain is forecast across southeast Texas. The rainfall rates areRead More →

Hurricane Michael could bring significant rain and wind to our area Thursday, according to National Hurricane Center projections. For an area still recovering from devastation from Hurricane Florence in mid-September, this is obviously bad news. Michael is predicted to become a major hurricane (with wind speeds in excess of 110 mph) in the Gulf of Mexico by 8 p.m. Tuesday and make landfall near Panama City, Fla., late Wednesday morning. It is predicted to pick up speed but lose strength, becoming a tropical storm somewhere over Georgia on Thursday morning. Its eye, or what is left of it, should pass over our area (Craven County)Read More →

LONGLEAF POLITICS | Hurricane Matthew struck eastern North Carolina on Oct. 9, 2016. A full 18 months later, some of the first federally funded repairs are slated to begin this June. Hurricane Matthew has re-emerged as a political issue in Raleigh as thousands of people in eastern North Carolina await public money to rebuild. The storm was one of the most devastating in North Carolina’s history, killing 31 people and caused more than $4.8 billion in damage. Matthew set rainfall records in 17 counties, and 2,300 people were rescued from floodwaters. Why is recovery taking so long? It mostly has to do with the processes set upRead More →

Analysis by the Environmental Finance Center compares water and sewer revenues with operation and maintenance costs. Gray dots show municipal systems that have enough revenue to cover expenses. Peach-colored pentagons show show those with enough revenues to cover their combined expenses and debts. The bright red squares represent those without enough revenue to cover regular operating and maintenance expenses. Almost a quarter of systems across the state fall in those categories coming up short. Thanks, in part, to Florence and Matthew, many of those are clustered in the east. CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS Taking stock of what it will take to rebuild after Hurricane Florence, it’sRead More →

New Bern City Staff met Monday morning to discuss all the preparations that are going on ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence. “We are on top of it and hope that you all are taking steps to secure your belongings and property,” said City Manager Mark Stephens. “This is the real deal and impacts in and around our city could be tremendous.” Residents should expect widespread power outages and significant flooding in our low-lying areas as well as those near water. Stephens urged residents who live in flood-prone areas to evacuate to family or friends who live outside the path of the storm or,Read More →

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for our area in advance of snow predicted for later today. Craven County Schools are releasing early today to get children home before the roads get too bad. Here is raw data from the National Weather Service: URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC 1010 AM EST Wed Jan 17 2018 …LIGHT SNOW TO DEVELOP OVER EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA LATE THIS AFTERNOON… …COASTAL LOW WILL BRING LOCALLY HEAVIER SNOWS TO COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT… .Rain will begin early this afternoon for the Coastal Plain, then transition to a rain and snow mix, then primarilyRead More →