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The National Weather Service depends on accurate reporting of severe weather in its mission to protect lives and property. We would like to hear of any significant weather phenomena that you observe, though we are particularly interested in receiving timely reports of tornadoes, one inch (quarter-sized) and larger hail, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding ( please see list below)

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC serves the counties depicted in the map below.

If you would like to report severe weather, the best way to contact us is by calling toll free at 1-800-697-3901.  Skywarn™ Spotters and the general public can also provide us reports in other ways. Skywarn™ Spotters are an important asset to the NWS. If you are interested in becoming a Skywarn™ Spotter then check out this link

To submit a storm report through Twitter directly on your iPhone or Android phone, visit our web page on NWS Wilmington mobile

Storm reports can be submitted through the phone, email or use of social media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can also send one direct from NWS shortcut on your phone.

Call toll free at 1-800-697-3901

Phone line is for STORM REPORTS only

Storm Reports via Facebook


#nwsILM and/or #wxreport

Storm Reports via Twitter


#nwsILM and/or #wxreport

Storm Reports via email

Please see below for details

Your severe weather reports reach forecasters in real time and, after quality control, may be included in a Local Storm Report(LSR) product. Information included in Local Storm Reports is also plotted on a map.


When posting weather reports to social media, it is helpful to include the time/date and lat/lon if you have it and include #nwsILM and/or #wxreport in your report.

When timeliness is not an issue, you may send weather reports and photos to  From time to time, we receive weather photos that would enhance our severe weather training, outreach, and other education efforts. If we may use the photos that you send us for non-profit purposes, please let us know. We strive to include photo credits whenever possible.

Mail to:

Subject: [LSR] Local Storm Report

Please include any photos and the following info:

Event Time: date and time ie:(05/25/2017 02:35 PM)
Reported By: your name
Spotter Id: If applicable 
Profile: General Public or NWS spotter, etc
Email: your email address
Phone: 8434677813 (optional, but very helpful if we need more info)
Location: Location relative to city center and any other specifics (road, etc..)
LAT: 34.2802 (optional, but very helpful)
LON: -77.9204 (optional, but very helpful)
City,County,State: Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC

Make sure you use the correct twitter username for the office you wish to reach. See map below:

Each NWS office has a specific Twitter account. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC serves southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina  





















If you experience any of the following,

Please Report It!

  • Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation)
    • Rotating appendage from a cumulonimbus cloud not touching the ground
    • Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating
  • Hail (Be specific with regard to size, measure it, or compare to coin or a popular object)
    • Report any size and specify diameter.
    • Quarter-sized (1") and larger is severe!
  • Wind Gusts
    • 40 mph or greater; specify whether estimated or recorded
    • large branches downed (specify diameter of branch)
    • Trees/power lines downed
    • Structural damage to buildings (roof, windows, etc.)
  • Rainfall
    • 1 inch or greater in an hour and every inch thereafter
    • 2 inches or greater storm total
  • Flooding
    • Report any flooding
    • Basement, road
    • Streams/Rivers -- also, when nearing bankfull
    • Street (depth of water)
  • Snowfall
    • Report when it began and any snow accumulation thereafter
    • Give a final report/total at the end of the storm
  • Ice
    • Any occurrence, or accumulation, of freezing rain
  • General Reports
    • When forecast differs significantly from observed (i.e. snowing with no snow in forecast, sleet...when only snow is forecast...)
    • Any other significant weather occurrence(i.e. damage from strong winds not associated with a thunderstorm)