Sunday 19 May 2019

UPDATED: Tropical Storm WARNING In Effect For Wayne & Surrounding Counties

(NWS) — Tropical Storm Michael will cross north central North Carolina through mid evening. Wayne County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning.

New information

* Changes to watches and warnings:
– none

* Current watches and warnings:
– a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Alamance, Anson, Chatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson

* Storm information:
– about 20 miles north-northwest of Raleigh NC or about 50 miles east of Greensboro NC
– 36.1n 78.8w
– storm intensity 50 mph
– movement northeast or 50 degrees at 24 mph

Situation overview

Tropical Storm Michael will impact central North Carolina through this evening. Storm total rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts are expected, mainly in areas along and north of Highway 64 and west of Interstate 95. This rainfall could result in flash flooding, particularly in low-lying and poor drainage areas. River flooding remains likely in many areas, with severity ranging from minor across eastern North Carolina to moderate and major across central and western portions of North Carolina. The threat for river flooding will linger into early next week.

In addition, sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph is likely, and a few gusts to 40 to 50 mph are possible, especially through mid evening. Winds of this magnitude combined with saturated soils will result in scattered downed trees and power lines, resulting in the potential for structural damage and power outages.

Finally, there is the potential for a few short-lived tornadoes through the early evening over the far northeast Piedmont and over the northern coastal plain.

Potential impacts

* Wind:
Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across central North Carolina. Remain well sheltered from hazardous wind having additional impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
– Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
– Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
– A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways.
– Scattered power and communications outages.

* Flooding rain:
Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across north central North Carolina. Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood waters having possible extensive impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
– Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.
– Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.
– Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across south central North Carolina. Remain well guarded against dangerous flood waters having possible limited to significant impacts.

* Tornadoes:
Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across northeast North Carolina. Remain well braced against a tornado event having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions.
– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, Mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

Elsewhere across central North Carolina, little to no impact is anticipated.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

* Evacuations:
Do not enter evacuated areas until officials have given the all clear to return.

* Other preparedness information:
Now is the time to stay inside and away from windows. Listen for updates and be ready in case you lose electrical power. Keep a battery-powered radio, charged cell phone and flashlight handy.

During the peak of the storm be ready to move quickly. Keep your shoes on and rain gear handy. Boots and athletic shoes offer the best foot protection if you become unexpectedly exposed to the weather.

If you are prone to flooding or in an area under a storm surge watch or warning, be prepared for the possibility of a quick and dramatic rise in water levels.

If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, quickly move to the safest place within your shelter. Protect your head and body.

* Additional sources of information:
– For information on appropriate preparations see
– For information on creating an emergency plan see
– For additional disaster preparedness information see

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