Storm expected to move away Tuesday

Havelock authorities reported no major flooding problems in the city on Monday, as a coastal storm began to loosen its grip on the area.

Monday marked the 14th consecutive day of rain in the Havelock area, according to the National Weather Service in Newport. The area was under a wind advisory, flood watch and coastal flood warning. As of 3 p.m. Monday, Havelock had received 1.83 inches of rain Sunday and Monday, according to the weather service. During the two-week period, the total is at 16.11 inches.

Havelock Police Chief David Magnusson said he had heard no reports of any weather-related problems Sunday and Monday. Minor flooding of low-lying areas in the city that are prone to flooding was reported on Friday and roadside ditches remained filled with water.

Theron McCabe, a Craven County commissioner and volunteer with the Harlowe Fire Department, said eastern Craven County was doing OK, but said the water levels along the Neuse River and associated creeks was high. Some minor flooding was reported but all roads were open, he said.

Craven County Schools were closed on Monday and will operate on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, with officials citing flooding as the reason. The make-up day will be held Oct. 12, which was originally going to be a day off for Columbus Day. 

Campgrounds, day-use areas and some roads of the Croatan National Forest remained closed on Monday with an inspection expected on Tuesday to determine when the areas would open again.

Cape Lookout National Seashore remained closed on Monday, with assessments scheduled once the storm clears the area to determine when it would open again.

The storm is expected to move away from the coast on Tuesday with just a 30 percent chance of rain mainly in the morning, according to the weather service. By Wednesday, sunny skies are expected with high temperatures in the middle 70s, and the weather service expects similar weather through the weekend.