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N.C. braces for chilly, windy, rain days

Posted November 12, 2009

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— Rain, wind and chilly temperatures will reign in North Carolina until the weekend, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida turn into a nor'easter and drive in moisture from the Atlantic Ocean.

"It's going to be chilly, windy and rainy today  ," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The rain shifted northward Thursday, away from southeastern counties that saw the most rain Wednesday. Areas south of the Triangle are likely to get just scattered showers.

The most intense rain – between 3 and 5 inches over 24 hours – was falling between Rocky Mount and Roanoke Rapids, prompting a flash flood warning for Franklin, Halifax, Warren, Nash and Edgecombe counties until 1:45 p.m. Flooding is possible on roadways, poor drainage areas and small creeks and streams.

Flood warnings and watches were extended into Friday morning as rivers continued to rise. The Neuse River was above flood stage in Smithfield and Clayton and causing minor flooding in Johnston County, while the Haw River was above flood stage in Alamance County.

The rest of central North Carolina could see some runoff flooding, especially in low-lying, urban areas.

"From here on out, we should see our flooding problems tapering off," Gardner said. "We’re going to be dealing it with it up in the northeast for the next few hours. Then, hopefully, we’ll start to see that tapering off."

By Friday, another 1.5 inches of rain could fall in Raleigh, nearly an inch in Fayetteville, more than 3 inches forecast in Beaufort and 7.5 inches in Elizabeth City.

Powerful wind gusts between 30 and 40 mph could also be a problem Thursday afternoon.

"It's definitely gusty out there, and that could cause some trees and power line to fall throughout the day," Gardner said.

Friday's weather will be only a slight improvement, with clouds and drizzle lingering around. The high will be in the mid 50s and low in the mid 40s.

"Tomorrow, it’ll be cloudy, it’ll be chilly, and it’ll be breezy. But we won’t have heavy rain, and we won’t have really windy conditions, just breezy," Gardner said.

The skies should finally clear Saturday afternoon, and highs are predicted to be in the upper 60s to low 70s this weekend.

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  • Tired of thoughtlessness Nov 12, 2009

    LOL@ brewmonkey!
    Talk about the deep end!

  • mrsgaskill Nov 12, 2009

    brewmonkey...sounds like you could use a nap or you need to stop sipping your shine. the war is over grumpy, it's time to get over it.

  • Of The South Nov 12, 2009

    brewmonkey: "nor'easter? take your stupid new england slang back north with you. you wanna call it a storm, go ahead, but leave that yankee krap where it belongs - the same s....t hole everyone leaves to come to the south. if things there were so awesome, they wouldn't be polluting our land right now."

    They have been referred to as "nor'easters" on the Outer Banks since the early 1900's. One NC native to another, learn your NC history! :-p

  • brewmonkey Nov 12, 2009

    nor'easter? take your stupid new england slang back north with you. you wanna call it a storm, go ahead, but leave that yankee krap where it belongs - the same s....t hole everyone leaves to come to the south. if things there were so awesome, they wouldn't be polluting our land right now.