Summer storms are common in this part of the country, and run the gamut from torrential rain and sudden winds to tropical storms and hurricanes. NCDOT wants you to stay safe during the summer storm season, so we’ve put together some important information for you.

NCDOT highway crews throughout the state are checking equipment in preparation for the rapidly changing weather conditions that this time of year brings. When a storm is predicted, crews are ready to mobilize should storms cause flooding or other transportation issues.

Flooding is a potential for any severe storm, and tends to be a direct result of severe summer weather. Our crews are prepared to mobilize quickly to clear storm debris from roadway drains to help prevent overflow.

Social Media

NCDOT is committed to keeping you in the loop during any weather event, which includes regular updates on our social media outlets:

  • Our official Facebook page provides current information on storm conditions, with official maps, videos and images of any storms that might affect our transportation network.
  • Our NC 12 Facebook page focuses on the effects storms might have on the Outer Banks.
  • Our Ferry Division Facebook page brings you timely updates on changes in ferry schedules, including evacuation information if it becomes necessary.
  • Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute reports for weather events in all areas of the state.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Hurricanes are a devastating force of nature – not only for North Carolina’s coast, but they also have the potential to cause problems for the interior of the state. Once a hurricane makes landfall, the speed decreases, but winds of near-hurricane force can still do damage to inland areas.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a normal or below normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, with the possibility of 8 to 13 named storms, 3 to 6 of which could become hurricanes. Of those, one or two could become major hurricanes with winds of over 111 mph.

Be Prepared

More Information


North Carolina’s toll-free travel information line that you can call from any phone. Get information on current travel conditions, including major closures, traffic incidents and more on Interstate, state and US routes in North Carolina.

*HP (*47)

North Carolina Highway Patrol. In areas covered by IMAP (Incident Management Patrols) ask for IMAP assistance.


Traveler Information Management System provides real-time information on events that may affect travel across the state.

NC Ferry Division

NC Ferry Division page provides information concerning ferry schedules and routes.

NCDOT Mobile

Get real-time traffic information using the GPS on your mobile device. Go to