Updated at 6:46 p.m.
After dodging rain for much of the holiday weekend, Onslow County was hit with plenty of it Tuesday as strong thunderstorms moved through the area.
The National Weather Service office in Newport issued two special weather statements Tuesday afternoon indicating that strong thunderstorms had been located in the area. The thunderstorms were associated with remnants of the tropical system that had formed off the coast.
The first thunderstorm primarily impacted Onslow County and brought a downpour of rain in a short period of time in Jacksonville around 2 p.m.
“About two to three inches of rain fell just north of Jacksonville,” said meteorologist Tom Lonka.
The large amount of rain in a short period of time caused flooding, particularly in the Carolina Forest area.
Several social media posts showed flooding over Carolina Forest Boulevard and at least one homeowner in the Carolina Forest area indicated flooding around her house.
According to information from city officials, no roads were closed but high water signs were put out near Carolina Forest Boulevard and the Ramsey Road intersection.
The city also had a complaint of high water near the North Plain Drive and Dennis Road area, which is on the opposite side of Western Boulevard from Carolina Forest, but the water subsided quickly.
All of the weather issues were temporary and a result of the intensity of the rain over such a short period of time, according to the information from Wally Hansen, city Public Services director.
Jacksonville Public Safety spokeswoman Beth Purcell said that during a 90-minute period from 12:30 p.m. to 1:55 p.m., they responded to 11 wrecks, most directly related to the weather. There were no serious injuries reported.
The second special weather statement went out at 3:34 indicating a strong thunderstorm to affect northeastern Onslow, western Carteret County and parts of Jones and Craven counties.
It also brought the potential for torrential rains.
Lonka said the thunderstorms primarily brought rain and wind has not been an issue.
And today’s forecast is a repeat of Tuesday.
“(Wednesday) is pretty much the same story,” Lonka said.
From Jacksonville Police Department:
With heavy rains in the forecast, the Jacksonville Police Department offers the following tips for safe driving in
stormy weather conditions:
Only travel in heavy rain when necessary, and always allow for extra travel time to safely reach your
Plan on traveling at a slower pace than normal when roads are wet. Keep in mind that traffic is likely to
be moving slower as well.
Brake earlier and with less force than you would normally. Not only does this increase the stopping
distance between you and the car in front of you, it also lets the driver behind you know that you're
If you see large puddles or standing water ahead, turn around – don’t drown or choose a different route.
The water could be covering holes, ditches or other hazards that are no longer visible to you. In addition,
water that splashes up into your vehicle’s engine compartment could damage its internal electrical
When braking in heavy rain, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors to
ensure effective braking.
Turn on your headlights, even when there's a light sprinkle. It’s the law. It helps you see the road, and
more importantly, it helps other motorists see you.
Give large trucks or buses extra distance. Their extra-large tires can create enough spray to block your
vision completely. Avoid passing large vehicles, if practical.
If you feel your vehicle begin to hydroplane, don't brake suddenly or turn the wheel, or you might spin
into a skid. Release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until the car regains traction. If you must brake,
tap the brake pedal.
Always wear your seatbelt. It is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent serious injuries if
you are involved in a crash.
There is the possibility that your preplanned route may be flooded. “The most important advice we can offer
motorists and pedestrians is to Turn Around Don’t Drown, ” stated Field Operations Supervisor Sean Magill.
A mere six inches of fast moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to
carry away most vehicles – including pickups and SUVs. If you encounter an area that is covered with water, you
will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. “Play it smart, play it safe
– Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”