87 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2016-02-23 13:10:00
Updated: 2016-02-23 14:59:58
Posted February 23, 2016
By Nate Johnson
For the first time this year, the forecast includes the likelihood for severe storms across our area tomorrow, primarily during the late morning and afternoon hours. A recent statement from the Raleigh National Weather Service office said pockets of straight-line wind damage were a “near certainty,” and they expect to be issuing tornado warnings as it plays out.
We’ve been thinking a lot about wintry weather as of late, and we haven’t needed our severe weather plans for quite a while. And while we have a statewide severe weather awareness week, the atmosphere doesn’t have to follow our schedules.
So, with all that in mind, would you mind spending a few minutes NOW thinking about these things with me?
For most of us, none of these things are really new. Plus, we often get the opportunity to think about these things during a severe weather awareness week and our annual tornado drills or with some smaller weather events early in the season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the atmosphere is going to give us the extra time this year.
Bottom line: TODAY is the day to plan and get ready. A period of rough weather is likely tomorrow! Think through your day and take a few simple steps NOW to help keep you and your family safe.