Wind gusts of 50 mph cause more downed trees, power outages
Thursday's storms have passed and Friday's primary threats are flooding and wind, with several counties under a wind advisory and several roads impassable due to downed trees and floods.Posted — Updated
The Triangle can expect sustained winds of 15-25 mph and gusts of 40-50 mph Friday morning and into the afternoon.
Many school systems opened on a delay, including Wake and Durham schools.
What to know:
- Wake County, Durham, Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools are closed. Officials from WCPSS said they closed due to high winds, questionable road conditions and discovering six schools had power outages.
- Wake, Durham, Orange and other counties are under a wind advisory until 4:00 p.m., with 10-25 mph sustained and 40-50 mph gusts All weather alerts.
- Johnston County Public Schools and other school systems are on a two-hour delay. All school closings.
- Some roads are still closed due to downed trees or flooding around the Triangle. Millbrook Road is closed near Falls of the Neuse.
- A few major road closings in Orange County include New Sharon Church Road and Rocky Top near NC-57. Another closure is impacting Faucet Mill Road off Hwy 70.
- Durham Public Schools students announced Wednesday, Feb. 12 will be a make-up day for all.
A small fire started on a power pole on U.S. 401 in Garner after strong winds brought down power lines. U.S. 401 is closed near Old Stage Road.
Charlotte and Bunn were two of the hardest hit communities, with powerful winds and even tornado warnings. Like many homes and businesses, the Bunn Fire Department reported wind damage. Friday's sustained winds of 15-25 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph could cause more wind damage around the Triangle, especially with the saturated ground.
Timeline of weather updates
Friday morning wind speeds in the Triangle area were around 15 mph sustained, with gusts upwards of 24 mph. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said those wind speeds are likely to pick up as we head through the morning.
The Triangle area had 36 storm reports as of Friday morning -- 29 of wind damage and 7 of hail -- but those numbers could grow through out the morning and afternoon.
All that wind is going to blow in colder air, causing temperatures to drop from the spring-like warmth the Triangle enjoyed earlier in the week. Friday morning temps were around 57 degrees, but will drop through out the day to a chilling 31 overnight.
Temperatures quickly rebound back into the upper 50s and 60s by Sunday, with a high of 67 on Monday. However, the Triangle has more potential for showers and storms next Tuesday.
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