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Batten Down the Hatches: Stormy Night is Possible

Posted December 15, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— It may be December, but it is time to review your severe weather safety rules. Mean weather is possible over central and eastern N.C. Sunday morning.

As a warm front drifts inland from the coast Saturday night, a very strong cold front will approach from the west. Strong southerly winds will bring warm, moist air across the region, triggering showers and thunderstorms.

A squall line of numerous thunderstorms is expected to precede the cold front early Sunday morning.

TheNational Weather Servicein Raleigh says that conditions are favorable for wind gusts between 60 and 75 m.p.h. in the most intense thunderstorms. An isolated tornado is also possible.

The main severe weather threat will be over the eastern Piedmont, Sandhills and Coastal Plain.

Dense fog Saturday night plagued motorists, contributing to several accidents. Gusty winds and showers improved visibilities late in the evening.

Keep an eye on WRAL-TV5 and WRAL OnLine for breaking weather developments and storm coverage through the night.