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Posted on: January 10, 2024

Homes, businesses damaged in Carteret County winter storm

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (January 10, 2024) – This morning, first responders in Carteret County are surveying damage from Tuesday evening's winter storm that impacted communities with high winds and heavy rain, leaving homes and businesses damaged and power lines downed.

Law enforcement, EMS, and fire crews responded to multiple reports of damage in Harkers Island, Smyrna, and Atlantic in Down East Carteret County. Trees and power lines were reported down across the affected areas, though roads in the impacted areas are now clear and power restoration is underway.

Carteret County Building and Inspections and the Carteret County Tax Administrators office began assessing damage at first light this morning to determine the full extent of the storm's impact.

Authorities reported one minor injury and one family displaced by the storm. The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are assisting the displaced family with temporary shelter and essential needs.

"Thankfully, the damage appears to be mostly localized, and no serious injuries were reported," said Carteret County Emergency Services Director Stephen Rea. "We encourage residents to remain cautious, check on neighbors, and report any hazards they may encounter."

Residents who have suffered property damage are encouraged to contact Carteret County Emergency Services Office at (252) 222-5841. They should also check for damage to their property and report any concerns to local authorities.

Please stay tuned to the Carteret County website, social media channels, and local media for any pertinent updates which will be issued as warranted. To follow the Carteret County Emergency Services Facebook page, please visit


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