CARTERET COUNTY - Local law enforcement agencies are monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy in preparation for any impacts along the Crystal Coast.
The hurricane is expected to bring strong winds and rain to Eastern North Carolina, as well as rough surf and dangerous rip currents for the coastal areas. Officials at the Atlantic Beach Police Department have not issued any warnings for residents, but said the department is keeping a close eye on the hurricane's projected path.
"At this point, it's too early for us to make a decision or make a call to start putting people on notice," Atlantic Beach Police Chief, Allen Smith said.
The town of Atlantic Beach will use the Delta-Alert Emergency Notification System to inform residents of any weather-related updates. Officials from the U.S Coast Guard are also monitoring the storm, but said they do not plan to close any ports or waterways in North Carolina at this point.