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Possible tornado spotted in Fayetteville

Posted October 19, 2011
Updated October 20, 2011

— Cool, fall weather made its way into North Carolina Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and the threat of tornadoes to central and eastern counties.

A severe storm cell caused tornado warnings to be issued for Cumberland, Hoke and Scotland counties on Wednesday afternoon. A trained spotter reported seeing a funnel cloud east of Skibo Road in Fayetteville around 6:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

There were no reports of injuries or significant damage.

Rain continued to fall in central North Carolina through early evening as a cold front moved through.

Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s around the Triangle Wednesday night. In the mountains, it'll be cold enough that light snow could fall at elevations above 4,000 feet.

Thursday will dawn cool, mostly clear and less humid, starting a pattern of dry, cool weather. Winds could gust over 30 mph during the day.

"It's going to be gusty," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "That will add that little bit of extra sting to the coolness out there."

For the rest of the week, "our temperatures cool down, with the 60s for highs and low to mid 40s for overnight lows," WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "It'll stay cool through the weekend and into next week."


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  • Shamrock Oct 20, 2011

    "I will stop watching you all together if this continues. I can pull it up on the web and watch it if I want."

    If it bothers you that much that they are trying to keep people safe, so ahead and stop watching. You are not going to hurt anyone's feelings.

  • barbstillkickin Oct 20, 2011

    Ok so we here about the bad weather and all but seriously do we have to sit there and miss the real news to watch Fishel say over and over and over that they have a POSSIBLE TORNADO on the ground near so and so. Isn't that what all this weather sirens and stuff is for. I am all for hearing about bad weather in the area but not street by street and minute by minute. Please stop this constant weather on every channel. It is no wonder I watch u-verse just so I do not have to hear street by street weather. Get off it give us updates not constant. I will stop watching you all together if this continues. I can pull it up on the web and watch it if I want.

  • Shamrock Oct 20, 2011

    "Personally, I hope he keeps it up because he's one of the funniest posters around here."

    Perhaps. It is a little hard to appreciate when mixed in with all the other stuff. Seems to get worked up at times and crosses the line.

  • Chairman of the Bored Oct 19, 2011

    andreathornhill, i am so sorry you hate this place so much. obviously when we have serious situations which could be dangerous to people's property or life we take it serious. I'll take a few minutes of a weatherperson telling me there is severe weather outside on occasion with beautiful weather we have here for most of the year versus what you have in Maine. You can have your 5 month winter and go back to Maine.

  • andreathornhill Oct 19, 2011

    Now even more scared this place is danger NC says "oh we never have tornados here" BLAAAAAAAAAAA BLAAAAAAAAAA every storm tornado warnings its so annoying I hate this place w/ a passion its Ocotber when is it going to end! I am from Maine and want to go back! Sanford already got slammed and I live here now and ill tornado threats is it going to be going on in DECEMBER

  • jblake1932 Oct 19, 2011

    yes hans, give it a breaK.

  • LBJ192 Oct 19, 2011

    Hans - good try to cover you backside. Seems more and more of us got your number.

  • Hans Oct 19, 2011

    "Chief- the real question is why does a grown adult get SO worked up over a weather forecast that they feel the need to get on EVERY weather story and say something negative about the forecast?" - SoundsFishy

    If you're talking about YouMakeItSoEasy, I think you've got it all backwards. Seems to me he's not worked up at all and is enjoying himself. Personally, I hope he keeps it up because he's one of the funniest posters around here. Now, the rest of you, however, are the ones that seem to be getting "worked up" every time he posts.

  • kelellis67 Oct 19, 2011

    YAY!!! Finally, some Fall weather! I wait all Summer for this!

  • jblake1932 Oct 19, 2011

    melissa: You said it!