Severe weather threat diminishes for Triangle

Posted April 20, 2009

— An approaching cold front stirred up winds and prompted some watches and warnings in the area on Monday.

However, the severe weather threat for the Triangle was diminishing quickly, WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The threat remains north and east of the Triangle, where thunderstorms rumbled in the afternoon. The storms brought significant hail to some areas including Johnston and Vance counties.

A tornado watch remains in effect for some counties, including Wake, Durham and Orange until 10 p.m.

Cumberland, Johnston, Sampson, Wayne and Wilson counties remain under severe thunderstorm watches until 10 p.m.

The Storm Prediction Center says the eastern half or so of the state is under a slight risk for severe storms into the evening. The threat is expected to wane as the evening progresses.

"The biggest threat Monday will be damaging winds," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. "There is the possibility of hail, lightning and isolated tornadoes."

Southwesterly winds could gust up to 25 or 30 mph.

The clouds will stick around as temperatures dip into the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday, with lows in the 40s.


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  • USA Apr 20, 2009

    As soon as the Tornado watch was issued I asked my wife to turn on my irrigation system. I knew it would not rain and the sun would shine the rest of the day...and in Wendell it did just that. Baseball players are considered great when the fail at bat 70% of the time. Everytime I hear Greg and his gang forecast the weather, I do what one would do if the opposite occurred and you know what...I'm right 90% of the time...which means Greg and his gang fail 90% of the time. Every year there is a severe weather outbreak Greg and his gang misses and after that, they predict severe weather when a sprinkle is forestcast by the National Weather Service. Admit it Greg, all this technology can't beat what our past weather forecasters could see, feel, and smell.

  • TeresaBee Apr 20, 2009

    So many times they pump us up for severe weather and then we get nothing. (I love T-Storms) When will I ever learn.

  • Wags Apr 20, 2009

    So is it going to rain or what? I put some Scotts on the yard yesterday and need rain to soak it in to the ground.

  • raleighlynn Apr 20, 2009

    There were very dark clouds over North Raleigh this afternoon, but as I made my way to work up Creedmoor road (50) to Granville County, the dark skies gave way to thunderheads surrounded by blue skies.
    The weather is just plain unpredictable here!

  • time4real Apr 20, 2009

    can I borrow a blanket?

  • dogeatdog Apr 20, 2009

    Had a good little wind gust here in Goldsboro around 4:00...maybe 40-45 mph. No damage that I saw other than a few trash cans blown over..including mine :p.

  • christineswisher Apr 20, 2009

    Where's this big freakin' storm???? It's sunny here at my house in western Durham........

  • Space Mountain Apr 20, 2009

    Severe thunderstorm warning for Durham now. The sun coming out and heating things up was the worst thing that could have happened for these storms to pop up.

  • Nobody but Carolina Apr 20, 2009

    It doesn't look promising for the Mudcats to get their home opener in tonight. Probably end up with a home opening double header tomorrow night.