Andrea forms, promises rain for NC

Posted June 5, 2013

— A low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico formed the first tropical storm of the season, Andrea, late Wednesday afternoon. That storm system is expected to move into North Carolina on Thursday and Friday, bringing as much as 2 inches of rain to the state.

"The biggest threat from this from our perspective is some pretty heavy rain," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Wednesday night into Thursday morning will be mild, with perhaps an isolated shower or two, especially to the south and west of the Triangle. Rain will build as the day wears on.

At 11 p.m. Wednesday, Tropical Storm Andrea had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving northeast at 6 mph. The forecast track takes the storm through the Tar Heel state on Friday and into Saturday. The National Hurricane Center posted a tropical storm watch for the east coast from Florida to just north of Wilmington. 

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

College baseball fans will be watching the weather to see how it affects two local teams playing in the NCAA Super Regionals this Friday. UNC plays South Carolina at 1 p.m., and N.C. State plays Rice at 4 p.m.

The weekend's weather looks a little better and will be partly cloudy and warmer with a high of 86 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Stray showers and storms are possible, though.


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  • jblake1932 Jun 5, 2013

    geosol: Now thats a funny comment!

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Jun 5, 2013

    Good for you, obamacare. I'm successfully growing figs, peaches and many different herbs and flowers, all without watering. We'll see how your pronouncement holds up for the rest of the week. :-) Simplelogic

    My garden's BOOMIN, looking like Ireland. Lovin it!! We haven't had to pull out the hose yet...just put out fertilizer, bring it on :) :) :)

  • liskm Jun 5, 2013

    Right, C. a doodle! I drove across Jordan Lake in an absolute monsoon. On the bridge and couldn't even see land as raining so hard. Had well over an inch in rain gauge from that storm cell!

  • geosol Jun 5, 2013

    Looks like we're in for some real gully washers. Best to take precautions now for heavy rain and floods.

  • jblake1932 Jun 5, 2013

    It's already tracking further East than predicted. It will go further East than the track is today predicated by the upper wind flow and inter-continuity of the jet stream later tonite and tomorrow.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jun 5, 2013

    "They forecasted up to 2 inches of rain Monday and that didn't happen. They just holler doom and gloom to keep the ratings up." -greg69innc

    It did in fact happen, in a significant area of the WRAL viewing area. I am sorry that you can't understand a forecast isn't specific for your longitude and latitude; but the truth of the matter is, Elizabeth and the others were correct, much of the viewing area did receive that much precipitation.

  • Obamacare for life Jun 5, 2013

    Jblake is right again. This thing is going east of us.

    Don't cancel any outdoor plans folks.

  • duwanna50 Jun 5, 2013

    This stinks for the Ocrafolk festival plans.

  • baldchip Jun 5, 2013

    Hey guys-look at the radar!!! Is it suddenly going to turn due east and go around the Triangle?? Get real!! I wish it would so State and UNC could get their baseball games in on Friday.

    But-don't count on it!!

  • ncouterbanks69 Jun 5, 2013

    "Obamacare I live in central NC as well. Have all my life."

    And here I thought I was the only one born and rasied and still living in NC :) I do not have a garden but it is rare to see the greens on the golf course look as good as they do this time of year. Usually they are starting to fade a little so I know we have had plenty of rain.