'Wildly windy' Wednesday could see gusts up to 50 mph

Posted February 9, 2010
Updated February 10, 2010

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— The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for more than 30 counties across North Carolina, including Wake, Durham and Orange, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

"This will be a truly ferocious wind," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Sustained wind speeds will peak during the late morning and afternoon hours on Wednesday, ranging from 25 to 30 mph with damaging gusts of 40 to 50 mph possible.

"We could see gusts between 45 and 55 mph," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. The winds are expected to peak from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The strong winds could create danger in the form of falling trees.

 "With all the saturated ground, it is quite possible the wind could loosen some root systems and cause some trees and branches to come down," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Several counties are also under flood warnings, including Cumberland, Edgecombe, Nash, Robeson and Wayne counties. The Neuse, Cape Fear and Tar rivers are among those that are experiencing high water levels.

Fishel said there is also a possibility that the Triangle could see a few isolated snow flurries.

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Tuesday was mostly cloudy and chilly with light rain throughout the day. Highs reached into the upper 30s.

"It is going to turn sharply colder overnight and the winds will increase," Fishel said.

Temperatures could rise to the mid 30s by midday Wednesday.


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  • rmsmith Feb 9, 2010

    Hope it is not a mini Fran II

  • Lady Little Feb 9, 2010

    I want the cold to go north

  • DbzHugz Feb 9, 2010

    i don't know what part of the area u live in, but it doesn't blow wind like that all spring in my neighborhood!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I am just hoping that any trees and branches that fall will not damage anything or anyone. I'm flipping the porch chairs over, and tying the trash can to the deck railing....just in case. I don't want my neighbors to have my trash in their yard or my chairs thru their windows! lol.

  • jkca Feb 9, 2010

    Maybe the wind will dry everything back out. ;)

  • rescuefan Feb 9, 2010

    "You think they could list the counties in the story?? Or at least describe the area?

    The counties are right on the home page, clear as day. Under the big word ALERT.

  • frosty Feb 9, 2010

    You think they could list the counties in the story?? Or at least describe the area?

  • oyid Feb 9, 2010

    where is all of this cold weather coming from?

  • time4real Feb 9, 2010

    O'Fishel says, "going to be as windy as a "son of a gun" tomorrow."
    So does that mean we should remove our shutters or nail them into the house? should we turn over everything outside, take the plants in and run for lives? Just get used to it folks, this is the beginning of Spring and the wind blows like it will tomorrow from March until May. This is nothing new or surprising, but what was a surprise was the one snow we got despite the fact El Nino was here ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL winter. Only one. Even O'Fishel was trying to squeeze a ? into Saturday's forecast, like soemthing might happen then. And now, the ? is gone. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. Life goes on and I bet by the end of next week the temps warm up for good. There's always the winter of 2012 to look forward to!

  • snshine62d Feb 9, 2010

    Is the milk and bread going to ok at the stores?