Heavy duty rain gear needed Wednesday as Julia's remnants move over NC

Posted September 20, 2016

— After a rainy Monday that brought inches of rain to parts of eastern North Carolina, more storm clouds will continue to roll through as the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia move into North Carolina.

Julia was over the northern part of the Outer Banks Tuesday afternoon and WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said a stationary front will push the remnants of the tropical system to the south overnight.

"Later tonight and tomorrow could actually be wetter than what we saw today and we could actually get a bit of rain," Maze said.

Maze said that it will be hard to determine how much rain will fall in the Triangle until the storm settles into place Tuesday morning, but the worst hit areas could see 1 to 2 inches of rain. Maze said the storm will bring heavy rain and winds that could reach speeds of 15 to 20 mph Tuesday morning.

"There could be a driving rain that could slow things down during the morning commute tomorrow," Maze said. "Tomorrow you need your heavy duty rain gear."

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, the 12th named storm of the season, Lisa, gained tropical storm strength with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Maze said it is likely that Lisa will remain out at sea and have no impact on North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Karl and Tropical Depression 13 are spinning thousands of miles out in the Atlantic Ocean,, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, as the peak of hurricane season passes. Early forecasts for Karl show it tracking northwest toward the U.S. before taking a sharp turn Saturday to send it back out into the Atlantic.

Temperatures around the Triangle will stay in the high 70s through Wednesday but could hit 90 degrees again on Saturday. The chance for rain lessens on Thursday and Maze said bright skies should return for the final day of the workweek on Friday.


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