Heavy rain expected Thursday, tornadoes possible

Posted March 9, 2011

— A fast-moving, destructive storm system that has spawned at least nine tornadoes along the Gulf Coast may bring severe weather to central North Carolina Thursday morning, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Light showers and overcast skies were expected overnight, but come 9 a.m., Fishel said, instability in the atmosphere could whip up storms, including possible tornadoes, throughout the area.

"We think that late morning into the afternoon is when the greatest threat of severe weather will be," Fishel said.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Wednesday for Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Person, Randolph and Stanly counties, expiring Thursday at 1 p.m., suggesting the storm may have a similar impact here in North Carolina that it had in other parts of the South, dumping up to a half foot of rain in some areas.

The system is likely to cause "a ballooning, a blossoming of precipitation," Fishel said.

The storm system will continue moving east and is expected to clear the area by late afternoon.

The chances for severe weather are best from the Triangle across eastern and coastal North Carolina. Troopers: Turn around, don't drown Tips for driving in wet weather

State Department of Transportation issued a warning about potential flash flooding and urged motorists to never drive through standing or rushing water.

The rainfall will likely total between 1 and 2 inches in central and eastern North Carolina. The mountains could see up to 5 inches.


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  • emeraldangeleyes Mar 9, 2011

    dear wral your online doppler is not accurate

  • Travised Mar 9, 2011

    And to think I am STILL getting snow up north!! I think Mother Nature wants to see if we can reach the most snow in a season. Current the official measurement is in 8th place. Only a good snowstorm from beating the record amount!!

  • j-lo93 Mar 9, 2011

    so, i guess i need to sign up for weather call...

  • rescuefan Mar 9, 2011

    "brime is the good stuff (that's what they put down in Cary) brine is the ok stuff that Raleigh gets. Garner just gets dirt.

    LOL! Love it.

    Time4Real has about 20 IDs now. He apparently tried to get a job as a meteorologist at WRAL and didn't get it, so now he's super bitter about it.

  • countrygurl1557 Mar 9, 2011

    I know for a fact that Toby and lma ain't the same people because I know Toby and he ain't got enough sense to come up with something as good as two personalitys. He can't keep up with his! But, I do say that it is spelled BRINE! Get over it TOBY!

  • geosol Mar 9, 2011

    ""Waiting...." (and all of your iterations - is it six or is it seven) can always be counted on to come hear and complain about the forecast." seankelly. Looks like its added a couple of more screen names even today. Sign of a seriously demented individual to invent multiple personalities and then engage in conversation with itself. It got some of the newcomers fooled, but most just ignore it. When all you offer is scorn and negativity, you need to take a serious look at why you're trying to draw attention to yourself.

  • lma1973 Mar 9, 2011

    Maybe the chief is just all excited that the hamsters spinning the wheel inside the dual-doppler 5000 did a good enough job to detect an EF-0 tornado in the bow echo on Sunday?

  • dchurn2 Mar 9, 2011

    Brime, Brine, hell half you people can pronouce Kerr Drugs.

  • lma1973 Mar 9, 2011

    Look my heart really goes out to those in Rolesville who lost loved one due to the storms this past week but WRAL is harping on this thing like it was some out of the movie TWISTER.

    New blog post: Details on the Rolesville Tornado
    — Wednesday, March 9, 2011 7:24 AM

  • rwconsv Mar 9, 2011

    brime is the good stuff (that's what they put down in Cary) brine is the ok stuff that Raleigh gets. Garner just gets dirt.