Triangle awaits rain, strong winds from Hanna

Posted September 5, 2008
Updated October 12, 2011

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— Triangle residents could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, wind gusts up to 40 mph and possible isolated tornadoes when Tropical Storm Hanna makes landfall early Saturday.

The heaviest band of rain is expected around 6 a.m. Saturday, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. The rain should be out of the area by 2 p.m. Saturday.

"This storm is moving fast now," Gardner said.

Friday's highs will be in the low 80s, and skies will become increasingly cloudier in the afternoon as Hanna approaches.

The beat goes on for Raleigh celebration

The threat of weekend winds and rain from Tropical Storm Hanna prompted Raleigh leaders to tinker with their concert schedule, and surrounding counties got out crews to clear debris from ditches and culverts on Thursday.

Raleigh Wide Open, the city's biggest block party, will go on despite Hanna, but three concerts have been moved up, city officials said Thursday.

Click here to find out which streets will be closed for Raleigh Wide Open.

On Friday, Mercury Blue will go on at 4:45 p.m, instead of 5:15 p.m; Arrested Development at 5:45, instead of 7 p.m.; and headliner Chuck Berry at 7:30 p.m., instead of 8:30 p.m.

The dedication of Raleigh's new convention center at noon will still play a starring role in the opening act of Raleigh Wide Open.

The expected 50,000 downtown visitors will get a windy welcome Saturday. Those strong winds might force organizers to cancel fireworks planned for Friday and Saturday nights, officials said.

Raleigh leaders said they would continue to monitor Hanna's path and make further changes to the event schedule if the weather becomes more threatening.

"Anytime you have the public involved, you have to be concerned about safety," Mayor Charles Meeker said. "If it really does get windy, we'll have to make a change, but right now, it doesn't look like that. It looks like it might be a little rain and nothing too serious."

Flooding worries

Leaders in eastern counties have moved quickly to stave off flooding.

Five crews checked ditches and drains throughout Rocky Mount, looking for trouble spots that could cause flooding. They cleared debris from culverts and removed large tree limbs from creek beds.

"The fewer obstructions we have along the way, the faster the water can flow out," Blair Hinkle, the city's storm-water manager, said.

Rocky Mount's swift-water rescue team geared up for action locally or anywhere across the state. The city's fire department checked all its gear, from fuel levels to hoses on all fire trucks.

"We're very confident that certainly we'll be able to handle anything that comes our way with this storm," Hinkle said.

Crews made similar preparations in Fayetteville and Wilson, clearing ditches, and power crews stocked up on supplies.

Johnston County officials said they will notify residents of any emergency situations by a telephone notification system.

Due to the storm, WRAL-TV will broadcast news at 5 and 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The U.S. Open tennis tournament can be seen on WRAL NewsChannel, Time Warner cable ch. 252, starting at 5 p.m.



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  • pwilliamson53 Sep 5, 2008

    Let's just get prepared and wait. Better safe than sorry. Mother nature tends to do whatever she wants and the only thing we can do is wait & see and be ready for what comes. WRAL, I think is like us, they are trying to prepare for the worse and warn people, but it's a waiting game for them. Gotta give them credit for keeping the public updated and aware. Lets not forget it's better to be warned and ready than to be stupid and blind.

  • bs101fly Sep 5, 2008

    the light rain has begun.
    what WILL we do????

  • camanderikfan Sep 5, 2008

    Tropical Storm Hanna has "shifted west" and could bring rain and strong winds as far as the Triad, Gov. Mike Easley said Friday.

    That's why the forecast keeps changing people. The rain depends on the path Hanna takes. I can't believe people can still make jokes about things like this when we never know exactly how to prepare. You can't predict mother nature cause she has a mind of her own, all you can do is tell what is happening at the moment and make preperations for it even if it turns out to be nothing and all you get is your lawn watered. I seriously think people have too much time on their hands and we wonder why children are the way they are today. Look at who they were raised by. That's all they know to do, sit back complain and make trouble just for the heck of it.

  • discowhale Sep 5, 2008

    What a bunch of silly cynical people commented here!! It's WEATHER folks, it changes hour to hour, so of course they change the forecast repeatedly.

    Personally I treat them all like Cat 4 or Cat 5 storms. As a good ex-Boy Scout my motto is still "Be Prepared".

    As to Ike, look at the projected path, it CAN come this way yet.

  • mrslipps Sep 5, 2008

    I don't think Ike will hit us directly. By the time it gets to NC, if at all, it will have dwindled down to a tropical storm. It looks as if it will hit the west coast of FL. But, I'm no meterologist...but, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. ;-)

  • wralgolo Sep 5, 2008

    Hanna, will you be kind and water my lawn?

  • Commentor5 Sep 5, 2008

    When will WRAL start their "live team coverage" of this storm? Will the actors (I mean anchors) be rehearsing for their "live team coverage"?

    Guess my Saturday morning cartoons are off the table since WRAL will be broadcasting for most of the day on Saturday....which by the way is ridiculous and irritating.

    "Live team coverage".....uh it comes.....

  • Space Mountain Sep 5, 2008

    The tornadoes worry me. We saw that with Flo and it didn't even hit close to us.

  • Lavenderain Sep 5, 2008

    I love the rain, uh, but tornados? NOT COOL! LOL Everyone have a good weekend despite all this weather.

  • bs101fly Sep 5, 2008

    when will Wake County schools decide to send kids home early today? WHEN???
    It's past time to make the call for this tragedy. Hurry Del, we need the kids safe and at home before the storm blows over the poodle and corn plant!

    Those of you worried about Ike, spare me, it will be 1,000 miles south of us. And always has been!