Published: 2013-06-19 08:13:00
Updated: 2013-06-20 05:22:40
Posted June 19, 2013
Updated June 20, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — More stable air began filtering into central and eastern North Carolina Wednesday behind the first of two passing cold fronts, with the outcome a more pleasant pattern over the next few days and into the weekend.
"This afternoon will be mostly cloudy nothing but with more than a sprinkle or two," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
High temperatures will climb into the mid-80s Wednesday afternoon, helped along by sunshine that should be able to peek through the clouds at times.
By Thursday, partly cloudy conditions and less humid air will have set up shop behind a passing cold front, creating a picturesque latter half of the work week. Highs will climb to 85 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday under partly sunny skies.
"We'll be quite pleasant once we get to Thursday," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "A nice break from the unsettled pattern that helped produce Tuesday's severe storms and heavy rain.
The National Weather Service has confirmed hat a tornado touched down Tuesday near Louisburg in Franklin County.
The agency said Wednesday that the tornado was an EF-0 with maximum sustained winds at 85 mph. It was about 150 yards wide and traveled a path of about 1.2 miles.
The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in Wake, Franklin, Nash and Edgecombe counties at various times, with the first warning sent shortly after 6 p.m. and the last expiring at 8:15 p.m. Cleanup begins following Tuesday's severe storms
Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones said it's a blessing that nobody was injured in Tuesday's storms.
"We'll be able to repair and replace some of the damage, I'm just glad nobody was hurt," he said.
Jones said Wednesday that emergency crews were out in force immediately after the storms to remove trees from homes and make it easier for damage assessment crews and insurance company representatives to work.
There also were reports of flooding in downtown Raleigh. At one point, more than 39,000 residents were without power in Wake County, nearly 19,000 in Franklin County and more than 24,000 in Chatham County, according to Duke Energy.
Wake Electric said storms caused about 700 power outages, mostly in Franklin County.