As severe weather threat ends, strong winds remain across NC

Posted April 6

Wind Speeds, DMA

— The threat of severe weather came to an end late Thursday morning across the Triangle, but the effects of the powerful storm system that pushed through the state early in the day will linger in the form of strong, gusty winds.

Winds reached up to 52 mph at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Thursday morning, a sign of things to come, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"The severe weather threat is over, and outside of a couple of spotty showers, the thing we'll be watching now is the windy conditions we'll see the rest of the day," she said.

The entire area is under a wind advisory through midnight, and winds could gust up to 40 mph at any point during the remainder of the day.

Wind Gusts, DMA

As of noon, more than 1,600 Duke Energy customers in Wake County were without power. More than 1,000 customers in both Orange and Durham counties were also experiencing outages.

"We've seen wind damage reports across the western part of the state, and it won't be a surprise to see limbs and even trees come down this afternoon and evening," Gardner said.

The region largely avoided a severe weather outbreak early in the day, with only a handful of severe thunderstorms creating a soggy morning commute.

The National Weather Service began canceling a tornado watch from west to east as storms moved past the Interstate 95 corridor.


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  • Crystal Czeck Apr 6, 11:10 a.m.
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    Yes, Heather!! That's exactly who I was referring too!

  • Heather Lyn Gillikin Apr 6, 11:06 a.m.
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    I would like for Brody Clifton to show himself. He went on a rage yesterday claiming how bad these storms would get based on all his knowledge and radars and how under cautious news media was being. This is why you aren't a news meteorologist, all you're doing is instilling fear in people and for no reason. I am a very weather anxious person and I feared the worst and had dreams last night I would be awoken by my phone alarms and would have to get my kids in my closet. Here we are 18 hours later and I the Raleigh area it wasn't bad at all! How dare you instill that fear in people. You can be passionate about something and say you were helping but come on, that's not helpful at all!

  • Crystal Czeck Apr 6, 10:37 a.m.
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    I don't need their experiences. I've had my own. Many, in fact. But if you were on here yesterday to see the comments section from a very deranged pseudo-meteorologist (home grown variety) you would understand what I'm talking about.

  • Linda Tally Apr 6, 10:05 a.m.
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    Lots of people have had trouble with this set of storms, Ms. Czeck - I'm sure if you mention to them how disappointed you are that you didn't get blown away, they'd be glad to send you some of what they experienced. I'd gladly run the delivery.

  • Crystal Czeck Apr 6, 9:36 a.m.
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    So much dramatics. And where is that guy from yesterday that was commenting on here about how we were setting up for a super tornado outbreak similar to 1984???? I'd love to hear what he has to say right now about the lack of anything we are getting.