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Rain, winds from Sandy will be felt in NC

Posted October 25, 2012
Updated October 26, 2012

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— Although some computer models keep Hurricane Sandy far enough out in the Atlantic to avoid an east coast landfall, the forecast is beginning to become clearer for North Carolina.

By 5 a.m. Friday, Sandy – a Category 1 storm – had sustained winds of 80 mph and was moving northwest at 13 mph north of the Bahamas. Rain and high winds in Florida Thursday were attributed to the storm as well.

The storm is expected to clear Nassau early Friday morning, weaken, and shift slightly eastward as it heads into the Atlantic Ocean. As the storm moves up the coastline Saturday, it's expected to be a Category 1 storm. Tropical storm watches were posted from Savannah to the northern portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks about 5 a.m. Friday. 

"Saturday afternoon and Sunday, we'll see tropical storm force winds affect the eastern part of the state," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

And the Triangle will hardly be left high and dry.

Rain from the storm could make its way into North Carolina as early as Friday evening. By Sunday night, coastal communities from Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras could see four to five inches of rain and tropical storm force winds. Some overwash is likely on N.C. Highway 12 on the Outer Banks. "That happens rather easily," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Wind gusts could extend all the way to the Triangle, and the central part of the state could see an inch or two of rain. "Sunday is the day we likely see most of the impact of the storm," Gardner said.

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The impact on North Carolina could be greater should the storm shift west of its forecast track, but even with a change in direction it's not expected to make landfall anywhere south of the Chesapeake Bay area. The most likely landfall would be in the New York-New Jersey area.

"Once it bypasses North Carolina, we could still see the effects of the storm," Maze said. "It could sit and spin in the northeast for a few days."

The combination of Sandy coming from the Caribbean, an early winter storm from the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North may mirror the infamous nor'easter featured in the book and movie "The Perfect Storm," forecasters say.

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  • Skywatch_NC Oct 25, 2012

    If this storm comes together as they are predicting, then the Northeast could be in for some very serious trouble. Because the trees have their leaves still, that would mean more likely power outages. What I wonder----will this have an effect on voting?

    Hopefully folks who haven't voted early up that way yet will soon.

  • kidsrn Oct 25, 2012

    If this storm comes together as they are predicting, then the Northeast could be in for some very serious trouble. Because the trees have their leaves still, that would mean more likely power outages. What I wonder----will this have an effect on voting?

  • jblake1932 Oct 25, 2012

    Oh, and yes, I've went to the sto to buy milk, eggs, and bread, but they done sold out.

  • jblake1932 Oct 25, 2012

    Gatsby: If I were washing my car, then I'd think so. But, WRAL prolly couldn't predict it.

  • flyguync Oct 25, 2012

    Well, I guess this means there will be a run on bread and milk sometime in the next day or so ;)

  • Gatsby Oct 25, 2012

    "I plan on mowing Fri. evening And Sat. cause I'm that sure it will not rain here in central NC. The upper level winds are not condusive for the lower level moisture to make it this far inland"

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    This statement alone means you should get the ark ready cause we are about to get hammered...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 25, 2012

    I'm betting Saturday will be a beautiful day for outdoor activities. And Sunday probably won't be that bad.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 25, 2012

    Ambygirl

    You have to put in Fayetteville, NC in your default location. And no It is still 58F at 5pm On the graph.

  • Ambygirl Oct 25, 2012

    mfarmer1 what graph are you looking at? THe graph I am looking at says it is 78 degrees right now. The 58 degrees is more like 4 to 6 am tomorrow morning........

  • mfarmer1 Oct 25, 2012

    Why Does It Say It Is 55F on this Page right now on the graph? It is actually 82F Is Anyone inputting this predicted data for fayetteville, NC? If so maybe they need a new job.

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