Published: 2014-12-24 15:55:00
Updated: 2014-12-24 16:38:48
Posted December 24, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The front that will clear the clouds and bring a bright and dry Christmas won't pass through the Triangle until after midnight, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.
In fact, ahead of the front, the Triangle could see an increase in winds gusts and rain intensity.
"The chance for that is late, around midnight in the Triangle," Maze said, "But it's really, really, really nothing to worry about."
The risk of more severe weather is greater toward the North Carolina coast.
At Castle Hayne in New Hanover County, an EF-1 tornado was reported at 10:30 a.m. It was on the ground for about 380 yards, according to the National Weather Service and injured one person.
The rainy weather was to blame for some localized flooding and traffic tie-ups around the Triangle through Wednesday afternoon. In Raleigh, a deluged retaining wall collapsed behind a store on Bickett Boulevard.
Through noon, Raleigh had seen about 2 inches of rain fall. Greenville measured more than 2.5 inches, and Rock Mount had about an inch.
On Noble Road just south of Crabtree Creek, a resident reported about a foot of water washing over the greenway.
"We could add another quarter to three-quarters of an inch as we go through the afternoon and evening,” said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.
Once the front clears, the clouds will break and it will be cool and dry for Christmas Day, Maze said.
"We're looking at a much brighter tomorrow," he said.