Tropical Storm Watch: Elsa Message No. 3

July 7, 2021

Emerald Isle and Carteret County are currently under a Tropical Storm Watch related to Tropical Storm Elsa. 

The following information was released by the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City on Wednesday, July 7, 2021:

Tropical Storm Watches were expanded to include interior counties of Eastern NC with the 5 a.m. EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. The forecast still depicts TS Elsa approaching Eastern NC late tonight, moving through Central and Eastern NC on Thursday. No changes to potential impacts across Eastern NC - please review the full briefing.

  • Heavy rain with localized flash flooding is possible, with up to several inches of rain in heavier downpours.
  • Isolated severe thunderstorms including a few tornadoes are possible.
  • Gusty winds to tropical storm force may occur.
  • Strong winds may lead to minor water level rises up to 2 feet above ground for soundside portions of the Outer Banks, mainly north of Cape Hatteras.
  • High Surf with a High Risk for dangerous rip currents on Thursday, possibly lingering into Friday.

Feel free to follow the National Hurricane Center and our local Tropical Website.

The Town of Emerald Isle is monitoring the national, state and local weather forecasts. In the event that heavy rain and high winds reach our area, the Town staff is prepared to respond. Residents that are located in area prone to historic flooding should take precautions to protect personal property, by moving items to higher ground.  All local persons should remove and/or secure items that can be damaged by heavy winds, as they are expected in the area.

You can view hurricane preparation information here:


Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:10:00 AM Categories: News