Environmental Health & Safety

Weather Radios

NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter Temporarily Out of Service

********* 1/17/17

The NOAA Weather Radio transmitter in Winnabow, NC recently suffered damage to the cable that connects to the transmitter. The Winnabow, NC transmitter serves portions of Southeast NC, including Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties, and the adjacent coastal waters. This station is not capable of broadcasting as a result of the cable damage. The installation of a new antennae cable may take a couple months to complete. In the meantime, people are encouraged to have a redundant means of obtaining weather information. Weather information can be received through the National Weather Service Wilmington NC website at: www.weather.gov/ilm, various local government social media outlets, and local media broadcasts and applications. 

NWS Alerting Options

NOAA Radio Outage

Weather radios are an excellent resource for monitoring the conditions in our surrounding area.

Weather Radios offer two significant functions. First, they are designed to receive the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) service's broadcast of weather status and forecasts, providing regular, around-the-clock weather information. Second, they are designed to respond to the FCC's Emergency Alert System (EAS), and the alert signals sent by the NOAA Weather Radio service. When the weather radio receives an alert signal, it will respond with an audible alarm to attract attention. Many of our weather radios also provide a display that indicates what type of alert is being sent. This allows the user to be alerted to any dangerous situation as soon as possible.

Of particular interest are the portable weather radios, which have long provided users with peace of mind and the ready ability to check on the current weather status and are equipped with the ability for S.A.M.E. programming (Specific Area Message Encoding). Coding for Wilmington, NC, New Hanover County is 037129.

For more information please use the following links:

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards

Please contact Jodie Ruskin for information on purchasing or programming help.