9 a.m. Update: More than 5 inches of rain in Havelock
Conditions began to improve Saturday morning as Tropical Storm Hermine moved off the coast.
All watches and warnings associated with the storm for the Havelock area have been dropped, though showers and drizzle as well as breezy winds were still impacting the area.
Hermine dumped rain, heavy at times, on Havelock Friday night, causing some minor flooding and road closures.
Havelock police reported some flooding of low-lying areas Friday night, such as along Brown Boulevard at the Pine Villa apartments, an area that often floods during heavy rain. Loblolly Lane in Slocum Village was reported to have 3 to 4 inches of water on the road. Panther Trail off McCotter Boulevard was reported to have 2 to 3 inches covering the road.
Other flooded areas included parts of Rice Lane, Park Lane, Shellbark Court, Keith Drive and Kyle Drive. Cherry Point closed the Slocum Gate. By Saturday morning, many of the closed and blocked streets in Havelock were being reopened.
Though a hurricane at landfall early Friday morning in Florida, Hermine was downgraded to a tropical storm as it entered Georgia Friday morning, moved through South Carolina in the afternoon and continued its track up the East Coast, bringing rain to the area.
As of 9 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service reported that 5.46 inches of rain had fallen in its official reporting station in Havelock. The highest wind gust hit 37 mph, below tropical storm force of 40 mph.
Only scattered power outages were reported by Carteret-Craven Electric, most in the Down East area of Carteret County. As of 9 a.m., Duke Progress Energy had no reports of power outages in the Havelock area.
Tom Lonka, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Newport, said rivers and creeks are expected to rise to minor flood stage late in the weekend from all the rain.
With the storm moving away, pleasant weather is expected to move in for the rest of the Labor Day weekend, though rip currents and high surf are expected to be issues along the beaches.
Skies should start clearing Saturday night, with a low temperature of 65 degrees. Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 80. Lows Sunday night are expected at 65 degrees, followed by more sun Monday and a high of 85, according to the National Weather Service.