Tornado watch issued for several eastern N.C. counties

Posted September 29, 2010

— The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Cumberland, Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Sampson, Wayne and Wilson counties until 7 a.m. Thursday.

The watch comes as coastal dwellers braced for more drenching rains and possible flooding from a strong low-pressure system.

"The rain potential for the Triangle is 3 to 4 inches, and rainfall totals along the coast could be anywhere from 6 to 8 inches," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Fishel tracks the rain

On Wednesday afternoon, authorities said a state of emergency has been issued for New Hanover County. Emergency Management director Warren Lee said that county could receive between seven and 14 inches of rain overall between Wednesday night and Thursday night. Shelters also opened in New Hanover and Brunswick counties but only 7 people had checked in as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Portions of N.C. 133 in Brunswick County also were closed because water covered the road and made driving hazardous, authorities said.

In Wilmington, a steady rain fell Wednesday, and high water was reported on several roads and parts of New Centre Drive were closed to traffic.

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Most of the rain falling between Wednesday night and Thursday morning will soak the eastern part of the state, but inland areas will also get their share.

Flash flood advisories are in effect for much of central and eastern North Carolina until 6 p.m. Thursday.

In Raleigh, residents were preparing late Wednesday for the possibility of flooding.

Ganour Abderrahin lives in the Brookhill Townhouse Apartments along Walnut Creek. He has been through several floods in the past and is worried the creek could rise again.

“I have to take my cars from here and lift up the furniture because in 2006 I lost a lot of things,” Abderrahin said. “I don't want that to happen to me again.”

A dealership off Wake Forest Road also cleared the cars out early in case of high waters.

Wake County Emergency Management Director Josh Creighton said people in flood prone areas should pay close attention to rainfall amounts throughout the night.

“Make a plan in case they have to evacuate, make contact a head of time with a neighbor or a family friend, somewhere they can go if they feel like they have to evacuate,” Creighton said.

Schools to open on delay

Some school systems are planning to open late Thursday in preparation of standing water on roads.

Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston and Sampson County schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students and staff.


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  • liskm Sep 29, 2010

    Glad I scheduled my little coastal escape LAST week vs. THIS week...SWEET timing! Had beautiful temps, sun, breeze and full moon to boot!!!!

  • rescuefan Sep 29, 2010

    Nicole has dissipated, but there is a low that is forming off from the coast that will pull the leftover moisture from Nicole into our area.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 29, 2010

    "Okay, NOAA says that Nicole has dissipated. What's the real story?"

    The real story is there has still be ZERO storms hit the east coast. How many were predicted?

  • leo-nc Sep 29, 2010

    I saw that from the NOAA NHC site as well. I'm confused. It's still being shown as a tropical storm but with no 5 day track. I'm lost...

  • killing_me_softly Sep 29, 2010

    According to the storm tracker, no it's not.

  • anne53ozzy Sep 29, 2010

    Big get it. Weather happens. Be happy for the rain and let us all stay off the potentially flooded roads...Make dinner at home and have a family night or settle in w a good book. I put the winter coats on the dogs today so they would not be so wet when they came in from the "potty" break. Just happy not to water the plants.....

  • paginasecunda Sep 29, 2010

    Okay, NOAA says that Nicole has dissipated. What's the real story?

  • Big Mike Sep 29, 2010

    We live on a rock in the middle of the nowhere universe..we have no control of the break out the keg and deal with it!

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 29, 2010

    I think wral should have a promo where they give away Greg Fishel bobble head dolls. They would be so life like.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 29, 2010

    so how is it exactly Mr. Fishel thinks that "if he keeps an eye on things tonight" he by doing so will keep flooding from happening? that I don't get at all. like he has some kind of control over it when most forecasts baffle him.