Storms spark tornado warnings southeast of Triangle

Posted October 1, 2012

— Severe weather in the southeastern part of North Carolina prompted tornado warnings Monday afternoon. WRAL Severe Weather Weather Alerts

National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Carvers at about 6:30 p.m. The warning, for parts of Bladen, Columbus, Pender and Brunswick counties, expired at 7:30 p.m.

Skies had cleared in the Triangle by late afternoon, but rain will likely return on Tuesday.

"There's a warm front that's going to slowly lift to the north, and as it does, our rain chance will slowly increase," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

There's a slim chance of thunderstorms for the Triangle Tuesday, but any storms that do form could turn severe. A warm front will push the temperatures over 80 degrees Tuesday in the Triangle.

The weather will start to turn on Thursday, leading to "a nice end to the week," Wilmoth said.

Wednesday will be dry but cloudy and warm, with a high around 82 degrees. Thursday and Friday will keep the warmth but ditch most of the clouds. A few showers could creep in next weekend.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Buford T. Justice Oct 2, 2012

    lauraleigh, are you so unaware of your surroundings that you cannot tell when a storm is coming? Are you seriously relying solely on the television to warn you when it's time to take cover?

    If so, then I do fear for the safety of you and your loved ones.

  • lauraleigh Oct 2, 2012

    Because maybe some of us couldn't see it on an alternative channel because we don't have cable?

    Look. Wait until YOU are in the path of a bad storm. Then you'll see how important your football is. Not at all, compared to your own safety, the well-being of your family and loved ones, the protection of your personal property.

    What? You think you're immune or something?

  • Buford T. Justice Oct 2, 2012

    Why wouldn't WRAL simply run the storm coverage on the Alternate channels rather than moving the primary programming?

  • lauraleigh Oct 2, 2012

    injameswetrust - How very kind of you to care more about the lives and safety and wellbeing of the people who were in the storm's path (like me and my neighbors) than about your recreational outlet, which was available in another location and, in fact, shared the screen with the dopplar radar for a good bit of the live storm watch.

    That storm center passed less than a mile from my home. I am grateful to WRAL for their sense of civic duty in notifying those of us who live in southern Moore Co. of the threat of danger and giving us adequate time to be able to make necessary arrangements. Since I live in a mobile home, I was glad for a chance to collect essentials and head to my cousins' basement, nearby. The storm, when it did hit, was unnerving enough in its ferocity, even without a funnel cloud touching the ground.

  • injameswetrust2003 Oct 1, 2012

    Seriously, can we use some common sense about these storms? The other day, There was a "tornado" (there wasn't) on the radar and a great MSU-OSU game was preempted for over an hour. Ch 11 should have broadcast the game on their other station like WRAl did. Yes, yes, safety blah blah blah.

  • jblake1932 Oct 1, 2012

    No need to worry, these storms are not tornado strength. Radar echo is not that strong and the crosswinds in the upper atmosphere are not conducive for tornadic activity.