Severe weather possible overnight

Posted May 6, 2009

Doppler - Central NC

— The main brunt of showers and storms were expected overnight as an upper level disturbance crosses the region. There is the potential for some storms to become severe with damaging downburst winds, isolated tornadoes and large hail. The greatest danger from this storm system appears to be north and west of Raleigh.

"Overnight, we are in the risk area for strong to severe storms," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "You could also still see a storm during the morning commute."

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for parts of central North Carolina until 4 a.m.

"It is likely southern Virginia will have the greatest threat overnight," Maze said.

As rain and winds whipped up again late Wednesday, several viewers sent in photos of what appeared to be funnel clouds in Orange and Durham counties.

Severe thunderstorms were spotted on the radar near the border of Wayne, Johnston and Wilson counties.

Thunderstorms over Sampson and Cumberland counties produced wind gusts of up to 30 mph and dangerous lightning strikes. In Edgecombe County, downed trees and power lines were reported.

What to do if you spot a funnel cloud

Mobile home residents are especially vulnerable to tornadoes. If a tornado warning has been issued, mobile home residents should get to a pre-arranged shelter immediately.

At schools, the safest part of the building is in the hallway with no windows. Office workers are urged to get under something sturdy, like a desk or table.

Drivers who see a tornado forming or approaching should leave the car and take shelter in a ditch or some other low-lying area.

For those at home, the safest place is in a basement. If there is not one available, they should go into a hallway or closet.


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  • CicnyKid May 6, 2009

    Heard there's a Hurricane WARNING tonight starting at around 7:30 p.m., lasting 2-1/2 hours or so. Supposed to be somewhere in West Raleigh - maybe at the RBC Center?!?

  • time4real May 6, 2009

    where's the rain? whre's the storms???

  • aintbackingdwn May 6, 2009

    NC is getting hit with so much bad weather - Bev better look out how she keeps treating state employees. Almost had a twister over her mansion yesterday.

  • Picaflora07 May 6, 2009

    makeyourself - you might've heard the 'all clear' bells from State's campus or from the ag farms. It might've been too noisy out to here the initial warnings.

  • Timetogo May 6, 2009

    this is a silly gripe but... when they 'update' I wish they'd highlight the new stuff somehow so I don't have to read the whole thing looking for new info... just me batching...

  • iron fist May 6, 2009

    All the local news stations did a good job covering the storms. Thanks to all.

  • injameswetrust2003 May 6, 2009

    I'm glad the Canes game is on a different channel so it can't be prempted by storm coverage. But, Greg and Mike did a great job yesterday. I must say that some of the photos that Debra Morgan showed of just clouds and rain were a little ridiculous. There was only one or two pictures that actually looked like a tornado. A picture of a few shingles blown off a mobile home? Big deal. Debra can go hit the break room.

  • time4real May 6, 2009

    "They say the biggest threat then will be along Hwy 64 and south."

    which means it will be in VA and FL!

  • 1Packfan May 6, 2009

    The weather alerts are great - it comes through as an 1-866#, and at first I let it roll to VM (both home and cell lines were called). Received several updates.

    I was here for the tornado in 88, and knowing how caught off guard people were with that, as soon as that service became available I jumped on it.

  • hampster382 May 6, 2009

    maybe the trucker should sue for not being told when his truck would get blown over, by a wind that wasn't forecast earlier on, since they did such a good job!? It was like watching a telethon, a bad one! -RCRCF- wanna get in on the action?

    Last time I checked, Televisions come with a button that you can change the channel with. Maybe you should use this if you don't like what is showing. I personally appreciate that they stayed on air during the tornados. WRAL staying on the air and letting people know where these storms were headed, probley SAVED LIVES!