Emily likely to have little impact on NC

Posted August 5, 2011

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— Rain is possible in some parts of the state this weekend, but a tropical system that's been brewing in the Caribbean likely won't be an issue for North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Tropical Storm Emily to a tropical depression after the storm weakened Thursday as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

There is a chance that the storm could strengthen as it moves farther north, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, but "at this point, we're not too concerned about its impact on North Carolina."

A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Friday afternoon, but the chance is greater for thunderstorms on Saturday.

"I think almost everyone should get some rain for tomorrow, so keep that in mind when planning for your weekend," Gardner said.

Friday's high is expected to reach 93 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and temperatures elsewhere will be in the low to mid-90s and stay that way this weekend.

Temperatures will climb back into the upper 90s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

"There's not a huge cool-down in our seven-day forecast," Gardner said. "It will stay hot, but there are no triple digits in that forecast, as of now."


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  • Gerbil Herder Aug 5, 2011

    "We have been getting very little action from the tropics so far"

    Yeah, I need to take a trip there soon to remedy that situation.

  • Kelv Aug 5, 2011

    Don't count Emily out just yet. We'll have to see if the M9.3
    CME puts any energy into it and set to arrive sometime today.
    It is traveling toward earth right now that was three waves that have combined.

    Curious, weather guys hardly ever mention space weather but the
    space weather guys say that it has an influence on weather giving cloud tops a lot of energy.

  • Hans Aug 5, 2011

    When was the last time a tropical system moved through here?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 5, 2011

    we have had no action from the tropics in more than a decade. yea, yea, except for that rain storm several years back. see you in line.

    returning my provisions.

  • crystalswisher Aug 5, 2011

    We have been getting very little action from the tropics so far........hopefully the next one will give us something to talk about..............

  • Dis evenin Aug 5, 2011

    What happened to Thursday?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 5, 2011

    "Oh well, maybe the next one!"

    Good luck with that!

  • keithcal Aug 5, 2011

    @seankelly15 Please don't feed the trolls. :-)

    Would have been nice to get a good, all day soaking rain from this storm. Oh well, maybe the next one!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 5, 2011

    Was hoping for a couple of days of slow soaking rain...

  • seankelly15 Aug 5, 2011

    Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas - "could have told you that when you started panicing about it earlier in the week."

    Dude, you were the one that was making fun of the predicted supercells the day before the tornado hit Raleigh. And here you are shooting off your mouth; excuse me but you have no credibility. There was no panic - no alarms - just reporting.