Weather events in North Carolina run the gamut from torrential rain and sudden winds to tropical storms and hurricanes to ice and snow.
Flooding, among the most frequent and costly natural disasters, can occur anywhere at any time of the year. It is a major concern following hurricanes and tropical storms that dump large amounts of rain and saturate soil.
Hurricanes and tropical storms are a devastating force of nature for both North Carolina’s coast and interior. The speed decreases once a hurricane makes landfall, but winds of near-hurricane force can still do damage to inland areas. The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin is June 1-Nov. 30.
Each winter, snow and ice threaten nearly 80,000 miles of roadway and 13,500 bridges.
There are many facets to readiness and response, and NCDOT is committed to making sure that they are all in place and work well together before severe weather.