Severe weather threat lingers through evening

Posted August 15, 2012

— The conditions that sparked a tornado warning Wednesday afternoon for Moore and other counties had weakened by 3 p.m., but the eastern half of North Carolina was under the threat of severe thunderstorms through the evening. 

Moore and adjacent counties were under a tornado warning for about 30 minutes. The National Weather Service issued the warning just before 2:30 p.m. after radar indicated a tornado over Norman, or 13 miles southeast of Troy. The storm moved out of eastern Montgomery at 20 mph.

Emergency management officials in Richmond County said they had seen extremely high winds, heavy rain and hail but had no reports of damage as the storm moved through. Moore County emergency management had no damage reports as of 6 p.m.

Weather conditions ripe for storms

A cold front passing over central North Carolina combined with high temperatures in the low 90s on Wednesday afternoon, created conditions conducive to isolated severe weather, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. 

The eastern half of the state was under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. Eastern North Carolina has an elevated risk for severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center. 

"We're not expecting a widespread tornado outbreak," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "We are expecting thunderstorms, some of which could be severe."

Clear, cooler days on the way 

Skies will clear Thursday as the cold front moves out, allowing temperatures to climb back into the mid-90s Friday and Saturday. 

"We're going to be nice and quiet Thursday, and then we're going to see those mid-90s return for the last couple of days of the week," Gardner said. "But we actually have a cooling trend on the way that will impact a lot of the country."

By Sunday and early next week, temperatures will dip into the 60s overnight and top out in the mid-80s in the afternoon.


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  • seven74215 Aug 16, 2012

    While I'm probably the least fan of WRAL weather, this time/season of the year its possible for unpredictable weather to pop up at any time. Anyone who's spent just one summer in NC knows this. Lately I've watched another station that shows the weather (won't say which on here) and they've been more spot on. That may be only due to the fact that WRAL gives out extreme time line details and locations of when bad weather is coming in and the other station just states to watch out for bad weather throughout the day in various parts of the state but gives no precise timeframe or county specific locations. WRAL might be better off trying not to predict down to a zip coded area/county where bad weather is coming in and just go with western, central, or eastern part of the state. They could break it down a little bit further with top or bottom half from one of these areas. Might keep them from being the water cooler joke of the day!

  • injameswetrust2003 Aug 15, 2012

    WRAL- while I love watching the radars and weathermen looking at wind speed and what have you during tornado warnings, those white radar sweep bars are SO annoying coming across the screen! If there is a way you could disable those when you are doing closeups of a storm that would be great.

  • Uhavenoclu Aug 15, 2012

    Another THREAT,POSSIBLE,COULDA WOULDA SHOULDA,FEAR MONGERING STORY...Deal with the weather Y'all.severe means lightening and thuinder...Hey saw a video from Gettysburg last night where their severe weather was like a strobe lightening, continuous for about an hour or 2.
    Man imagine sitting in a darken battlefield with lightening going on every few seconds.Awesome.

  • jblake1932 Aug 15, 2012

    Man, this article changes titles more than I change clothes in a week. Is it or ain't it gonna be a storm? I gamble it ain't.

  • 3children Aug 15, 2012

    Raining hard in my part of Wake County. We even have thunder and wind.

  • dpcs71 Aug 15, 2012

    another non event. they are getting good at this.

  • Keyboard cat Aug 15, 2012

    Thanks gregg, I certainly feel enlightened now.

  • gregg45 Aug 15, 2012

    so. if there is no storm at YOUR PLACE OF means nothing to you.. great, good 4 you.. you were lucky,, may not be the next time,, had a bad storm here in moore county. to those not aware. PINEHURST NC. hate too see you here as a spectator 4 the little touted us opens. would hate to see yall under a pine tree, hiding from the rain. and then BOOM..

  • Keyboard cat Aug 15, 2012

    lol at jblake. Wake County is quiet as usual. No rain for my yard tonight.

  • jblake1932 Aug 15, 2012

    Yea, whatever.