Cooler, drier weather ahead

Posted January 7, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— A cold front passing through the state caused strong winds that knocked down trees, utility lines and caused power outages across the state on Wednesday.

The worst of the weather, including rain and hail, passed through the Triangle early Wednesday evening, WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Thursday will be cooler and drier, with highs in the mid 40s and 50s as a high pressure builds into the region.

Temperatures will remain seasonably cool and calm into the weekend, climbing back into the upper 50s by Saturday afternoon.

By the middle of next week the Triangle could experience the coldest weather since 1985, Maze said.

Strong winds cause damage, outages

On Wednesday, peak wind gusts in Raleigh and Rocky Mount were 44 mph, and Fayetteville saw gusts up to 53 mph, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. In Rocky Mount a wind gust was recorded at 62 mph.

The National Weather Service issued wind advisories throughout the day central and eastern counties, predicting gusts up to 45 mph.

Strong winds were likely to blame for downed utility lines on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh affected a number of traffic signals between the Interstate 440 Beltline and Clarendon Crescent Road, Raleigh police dispatch reported.

Progress Energy said it was also unsure if a downed line at the corner of Gorman Street and Thistledown Drive Wednesday afternoon was a result of the wind.

Strong winds cause outages, damage Strong winds cause outages, damage

Traffic signals were out at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road near Crabtree Valley Mall Wednesday evening. Police were directing traffic.

Police and firefighters also reported several instances of trees down on roads in Chatham, Hoke, Orange and Durham counties.

And in Cary, police say a light pole fell on a car in the parking lot of Trader Joe's on Kildaire Farm Road.

A roof was blown off of a home in the 400 block of Halifax Street in Enfield, officials said.

In Cumberland County, trees fell on a house and another building, officials said. Damage was also reported at Northgate Shopping Center. A blown transformer at Lynn Avenue and Ramsey Street caused a power outage at the shopping center.

A few miles away, another transformer blew. A woman suffered minor injuries during the incident, officials said.

Also in Fayetteville, a tree landed on the roof of a home on Harbison Court, off of Andrews Road.

Progress Energy reported more than 5,500 customers in Wake County were without power Wednesday night. Franklin and Moore counties reported 2,200 customers each without power late Wednesday.

Duke Power reported just over 120 outages in Orange County late Wednesday.

Damage elsewhere throughout the Triangle area and other parts of the state include trees down on two cars in Warren Count, where a straight-line wind took out 12 to 15 trees at a house on Lake Gaston.

High winds down trees along Lake Gaston High winds down trees along Lake Gaston

Fire Marshal Chris Wright said the winds temporarily knocked out power to about 20 to 30 houses in the neighborhood.

Dana Mitchell, the house's owner, said there was also some damage to the chimney and to the side of the house. No one was home at the time, and there were no reports of injuries.

In Nash County, trees were down at Old White Oak Road, Old Country Home Road, Stoney Hill Church Road, Hoyt Road, N.C. Highway 581 south and N.C. Highway 97. A power line was down at Red Oak Battleboro Road.


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  • bs101fly Jan 8, 2009

    colder YET drier weather next week. Meaning snow opp. #3 lost, gone, history, not gonna happen, forget about it, try again.

    Oh wait, the cold front just moderated, now it won't even be as cold as they thought.

    we know once it gets cold like that, then it will be followed by a 2-3 week, at least, warm up, as the other side of America goes cold, therefore putting us well towards winter's end and by then the sun is too high in the sky, radiational cooling won't help and whaa laa, winter is over.

    Cherry Blossoms for all!

  • chfdcpt Jan 8, 2009

    I have been living in NC since 1976. The only thing I can tell you for sure is that everyday that sun will rise, and will set. What happens in between is anyone's guess.

    How many states do you people have to carry rain coats and winter coats in their cars all year long?

    Come to think of it, I don't remember having a "white" X-mas since 76.

  • MrPearce Jan 7, 2009

    Note for latitude52n:

    It's not Glueball Worming.

    Even the liberal press is beginning to call Mr. Gore & Mr. Hanson on these shennanigans (I refuse to call him a Doctor of anything, PhD or not).

    If you want a good reason to feel guilty about gas, try National Security. As long as we depend on oil (and other carbon based fuels), we are going to be mired in the middle east much more than we like to think.

    Right now, I wish I had Shearon Harris in my backyard. Nuclear electrons are cheaper than the gasoline electrons that I am currently using.

  • MrPearce Jan 7, 2009

    As I sit here posting on backup power, I just wanted to say: God Bless Honda Generators! Cause mine are purring along keeping me in free-flowing electrons :)

  • rebekah816 Jan 7, 2009

    North Carolina is rather well known for being capable of playing out all four seasons in one's nothing new and keeps it interesting, at least.

    We had hail in southern Franklin Co. at about 6:45 pm...only pea sized, but it took be by surprise.

  • really02 Jan 7, 2009

    how about THIS weather folks! I have NEVER lived in a place with as goofy weather as we have here. And never in a place where they couldn't do SOME KIND of a better job forecasting it! Snow they say we'll have this season? HA, what a joke that is! Now let me run down the road and retrieve my shutters! Blow mother blow!
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  • Adelinthe Jan 7, 2009


    Reminds me of the 65 mph gusts with snow in NW PA during CHRISTmas.

    Praying for anyone in need.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Hell-Raiser Jan 7, 2009

    Here's some wind.... At 4:55pm here at Pope AFB, we had a wind gust of 55mph. Blew everything around here.

  • bs101fly Jan 7, 2009

    we need some dang consistency in the weather around this dump!
    yes Greg, it's blowin' like a goat with the flu!

  • gopanthers Jan 7, 2009

    I guesss when there is nothing else to debate we can alway's turn to the weather for a good argument. LOL