GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Eastern North Carolina was feeling the effects of Idalia Thursday morning.
Across the area, school systems and businesses were closed while others braced for the storm and its wind and rain. Along the coast, lifeguards, police and other officials have been busy warning those to stay out of the water that was already churned up with Hurricane Franklin passing off the coast, creating rip currents that have already led to the death of at least one swimmer.
Rain and wind reports
Meteorologist Jerry Jackson has some preliminary rainfall totals and information on wind speeds as the storm moved through the area.
Preliminary Rain Reports
Newport (Carteret Co) 7.92 in
Jacksonville (Onslow Co) 7.9 in
Winterville (Pitt) 4 in
Hookerton (Greene Co) 2.75 in
Preliminary Wind Reports
Pamlico Sound Wx Flo 66 mph
Jacksonville (Onslow) 53 mph
Kenansville (Duplin) 40 mph
Keep up with the latest details on power outages at PowerOutage.us. Outages have been reported in most of the southern counties, including Duplin, Onslow, Craven, Carteret, Pamlico and Jones. More than 31,000 reports have been filed since around 8 a.m.
The City of Jacksonville reported localized flooding as heavy rain fell. Because of that, the opening of city offices was pushed back to 10 a.m. Flooding was reported in the following areas:
- Bell Fork near Furniture Fair and near Country Club Road
- Country Club from Bell Fork to Monk Lane
- Brynn Marr from Western Blvd to Center
- Western from Enterprise to Brynn Marr
- Northwoods Dr between Fescue Dr and Gloria Pl
- Indian Dr between Cardinal Rd and Gumbranch Rd
- Henderson Dr from Torrance Ave to US 17
- Entering Carolina Forest Blvd from Western Blvd
- US 17 Southbound from Parkway to Montford Ln
- US 17 at the Western intersection by Walmart
- Moosehaven and US 17
- Huff Drive
- Winchester Rd and all side roads connected to Winchester
- University Dr
- Brynn Marr
- Village Dr
- Western Blvd from Brynn Marr to Enterprise
Surf City police report localized flooding along multiple areas, including South Shore Drive. The town has recorded around 6.75 inches of rain as of 7:30 a.m.
The Neuse River was spilling over into Union Point Park Thursday morning. The City of New Bern has a list of flooded roads due to Idalia. It includes:
- Oaks Road is closed from Court to Neuse Drive and from Simmons to Glenburnie Drive
- East Front Street at the traffic circle is closed from Broad to Change Street
- S. Front Street loop behind Tryon Palace is closed
- S. Front Street from E. Front Street to Craven Street is closed
Some flooding is reported on Meeting Street and Glenda Drive. Police are encouraging residents to avoid driving through flood waters.
In addition to the big waves and rough surf, there has also been some local flooding here. Rain has been off and on but nothing too strong.
Crews have been working on NC Hwy. 12 to keep it clear as Idalia moved through the area. More work will be done to clean up the sand and fortify the sand along the road as the storm passes by.
WNCT had coverage Wednesday evening into Thursday morning from different locations in ENC regarding the preps and effects of the tropical system as it moved off the South Carolina coast and into the Atlantic Ocean.
For many here, Idalia could be the biggest storm in the area since Hurricane Florence.
Emergency services officials were urging people to be careful as one tragedy is one too many. It has rained on and off Wednesday. Stanley Kite, Emergency Services Director for Craven County, said they’re prepared to handle several inches of rain and warned certain areas like Union Point Park could see flooding, power outages are expected but storm surge be minimal.
“We’re targeting looking at the Adams Creek Road, down in the Harlow Community, where they’re surrounded by the intercostal waterway and the Neuse River. A peninsula area down there, they have a historical flooding problem anyway. They’re a high-impact zone.”
Other flood-prone areas include the Bridgeton area as well as areas along the Trent River, Brices Creek, and Lawson Creek Park.
— Sarah Gray Barr
For some places in New Bern, they say it’s business as usual. There are some people walking around the streets of downtown New Bern. Most stores we spoke to in the downtown area were open during normal hours today.
While they say they’re ready for Idalia’s possible impacts they didn’t do too much to prepare.
Some businesses in downtown New Bern say it was a little quieter today than other days.
— Courtney Cortright
Greenville Utilities Commission was getting ready as Idalia made its way to North Carolina.
GUC officials say the wind and rain from storms like Idalia, can cause power outages and power lines to come down. So they want crews on call to be ready to respond.
“That really includes moving some equipment around our service area just in case we have outages throughout the area, it allows our crews to respond more efficiently to those large outages,” said GUC Public Information Officer Steve Hawley.
Here are some tips GUC officials want residents to know. If a power line falls on your car, stay in your car and call 911 to let them know what’s going on. If you’re walking around and you see a downed power line, don’t touch it. If a tree or tree branch is on or near a power line, don’t touch it. Finally, do not touch fences near downed power lines.
GUC officials say the fastest way to report downed power lines and outages is at their hotline at 855-767-2GUC.
— Adrianna Hargrove
Conditions along the coast were not the greatest due to strong waves and rip currents as Hurricane Franklin passed. Now, the area will have to feel the effects of tropical system Idalia.
Rain was coming down and the winds picked up at times. Traffic was moving fine in the area as tourists continued to enjoy their time there.
Carteret County officials said they would maintain watch of the storm and are prepared for whatever happens next. School will also not be held in the traditional format. Some businesses have closed or will close soon and red flags have been flying at Atlantic Beach for some time now due to the dual tropical threat from Franklin and Idalia.
— Erin Jenkins
North Topsail Beach
Residents across eastern North Carolina were getting geared up for what’s to come from Idalia.
In North Topsail Beach, it’s been a relatively peaceful day. Residents and tourists said Hurricane Florence taught them a lesson about being prepared in advance. Peggy Conyers said she’s stocked up for herself and everyone else in her household.
“Be prepared for each family member. Make sure you have water. You have non-perishable items for each of your family members. Gas up your car,” Conyers said.
Officials with the town of North Topsail Beach say they are already making preparations as well, securing anything that might blow away and closing one road due to high flooding. The town is also using its drone to have a better look at the dune erosion before and after the storm.
— Claire Curry