• Hurricane Statement

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    NCZ008>011-025>028-041>043-073>078-083>086-088-089-111115- Hurricane Michael Local Statement Advisory Number 18 National Weather Service Raleigh NC AL142018 1113 PM EDT Wed Oct 10 2018 This product covers central North Carolina HURRICANE MICHAEL EXPECTED TO QUICKLY CROSS CENTRAL NC AS A TROPICAL STORM THURSDAY NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Anson, Cumberland, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson * STORM INFORMATION: - About 390 miles southwest of Raleigh NC or about 350 miles southwest of Fayetteville NC - 32.1N 83.8W - Storm Intensity 75 mph - Movement Northeast or 45 degrees at 20 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Remnants of Michael will impact Central North Carolina after sunrise Thursday through Thursday evening. Storm total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts can be expected. This rainfall could result in flash flooding, particularly in low-lying and poor drainage areas. The Triad metro area is at particular risk of flash flooding, due to very high rainfall rates tomorrow along with excessive urban runoff. Due this heavy rainfall, river flood flooding ranging from minor across eastern NC to moderate and major flooding across central and western portions of North Carolina, will begin as early as Thursday night and linger into early next week. In addition, sustain winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 to 50 mph can also be expected. Winds of this magnitude combined with saturated soils will result in scattered downed trees and power- lines. Finally, there is the potential for an isolated and short-lived tornado Thursday afternoon into the early evening. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across central North Carolina. Potential impacts include: - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, and ditches overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * WIND: Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across central North Carolina. Potential 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. * TORNADOES: Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts across central North Carolina. Potential 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. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- * OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: Rapidly rising flood waters are deadly. If you are in a flood-prone area, consider moving to higher ground. Never drive through a flooded roadway. Remember, turn around don't drown! Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - For information on appropriate preparations see readync.org - For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org - For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org NEXT UPDATE ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in Raleigh NC around 530 AM EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. $$

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