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Officials advise no swimming in ENC coastal waters affected by Tropical Storm Ian

Stolen beach.
Sarah Gonzalez
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NPR
State recreational water quality officials are advising the public to avoid swimming in North Carolina coastal waters affected by Tropical Storm Ian.

State recreational water quality officials are advising the public to avoid swimming in North Carolina coastal waters affected by Tropical Storm Ian.

Heavy winds and rain have negatively impacted all coastal waters, and officials say waters affected by floodwaters can contain elevated levels of harmful bacteria.

People should avoid swimming in these waters until bacteriological testing indicates sample results within the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.

Testing will begin as soon as conditions are safe to do so and areas are accessible and the advisory will be lifted in part or in whole as test results become available.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.