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North Carolina Under the Gun...Again

Posted February 2, 1998

— North Carolina's weekly ritual continued Tuesday. Nature is leaving no low land unpuddled in the Tarheel State.

A slow-moving, full-fledged Nor'easter is blowing up from the Gulf of Mexico. Every county in North Carolina is under some kind of weather advisory -- some places are under as many as four.

In the mountains, heavy rain changed over to heavy snow, as that area still digs out from a recent snowstorm. A winter storm warning was flying for North Carolina's western-most counties on Tuesday night, and portions of the Foothills were under a winter weather advisory.

High wind warnings were also posted for many mountain counties. Winds in excess of 80 miles per hour could blast some higher elevations by Wednesday morning.

The central portions of the state will likely see heavy rain and some gusty winds through Wednesday. Residents near rivers and streams were keeping an eye on the sky Tuesday evening. The area still hasn't dried out from last week's bout with the elements.

Down East, the weeks of heavy rains have started to take their toll on folks in low-lying areas. Wayne County Emergency Management's Blair Tyndall says that his folks are on top of it.

On the coast, gale-force winds were expected, accompanied by seas 12 to 18 feet high. Beach erosion was expected, and coastal flood warnings were posted.

WRAL's Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said that the storm's slow forward speed means that more precipitation will fall and more wind damage and beach erosion will occur.

On an even cloudier note, Fishel says that we shouldn't expect to see the sun until sometime Friday. He also said that there's a possibility that another tempest could arise from the Gulf of Mexico to dampen your weekend.

Remember, Greg doesn't create the weather -- he just predicts it.


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