Current Watches and Warnings
North Carolina, Sampson
Statement as of 7:23 AM EST on March 08, 2014
Expires 9:00 AM EST on March 08, 2014
342 am EST Sat Mar 8 2014
... Patchy black ice possible this morning...
Below freezing temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s has
caused any residual water on the roadways to refreeze into
a thin layer of ice this morning across central NC. State and
County officials have reported numerous accidents this morning
... Especially on bridges and overpasses. Motorists should slow
down... avoid any sudden acceleration or braking... leave plenty of
following distance and exercise extreme caution this morning.
Temperatures should warm quickly... rising above freezing between 8
to 9 am EST.
... Patchy black ice possible this morning...
As temperatures fall to or just below freezing this morning... any
residual water on the roadways will likely refreeze causing patchy
black ice... especially on bridges and overpasses. Motorists should
slow down... avoid any sudden acceleration or braking... leave
plenty of following distance and exercise extreme caution this
Statement as of 3:49 AM EST on March 08, 2014
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Raleigh-Durham Intl Airport
a record rainfall of 1.72 inches was set at Raleigh-Durham Intl
Airport NC yesterday. This breaks the old record of 1.63 set in 1941.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 7:28 AM EST on March 08, 2014
... Severe weather awareness week in North Carolina March 2-8...
This week has been declared North Carolina's severe weather
awareness week for 2014. In addition... this week is also NOAA and
femas National severe weather preparedness week.
Todays theme is: be a force of nature: North Carolina severe
weather threats and safety.
Severe thunderstorms: the term severe thunderstorm refers to a
thunderstorm producing hail that is at least 1 inch in diameter...
wind gusts to 58 mph or greater... a tornado... or any combination of
the three. The severe thunderstorm season in central North Carolina
typically starts in March and does not end until late in the fall.
Some of the most damaging storms occur from March through early July.
Large hail: the large hail season in central North Carolina
typically runs from March through early July... typically peaking in
may. While hail is not usually life threatening... these large chunks
of ice can cause serious damage to roofs... siding... windows...
automobiles... and crops. To stay safe from large hail... simply move
indoors and remain there until the storm passes.
Damaging wind: severe gusts of wind from a thunderstorm called
downbursts or straight line winds are a serious danger... and can
reach speeds in excess of 100 mph. Straight line winds can cause
damage that looks similar to and is equivalent to that of a tornado.
Damaging wind events in North Carolina typically start in March and
last into September... with a peak in activity from may through early
August. To stay safe from damaging winds... remember to get inside a
sturdy home or business when a warning is issued or if threatening
weather approaches. Stay away from windows when storms approach and
seek shelter in an interior bathroom or closet when the wind begins
Lightning: lightning occurs with all thunderstorms and is what
defines a thunderstorm. In a typical year there are around 500,000
lightning strikes in North Carolina resulting in around 9 to 12
strikes per square mile. During the past 10 years... there have been
12 lightning-related fatalities in the state. Most lightning
fatalities occur when people are caught outside working... playing...
boating or golfing. Lightning can travel up to 15 miles away from a
thunderstorm. For that reason, anytime you hear thunder or see
lightning... seek shelter indoors... and remain indoors away from
windows for at least 30 minutes after the storm ends. If caught
outdoors... stay away from trees... telephone poles... and other tall
objects. A hard-topped vehicle will offer good protection from
lightning. When boating... try to seek safe shelter well before the
storm approaches. Remember the phrase when thunder roars go
Tornadoes: tornadoes can occur any month of the year in North
Carolina. Violent tornadoes with winds in excess of 150 mph have
struck the state as early as March and as late as November. The
worst tornado outbreak in North Carolina history occurred on April
16... 2011... when 30 confirmed tornadoes occurred. A total of 24
individuals lost their lives in North Carolina. A large portion of
tornado fatalities in North Carolina have occurred at night. At
night... tornadoes are difficult to see... and even when warnings are
provided at night... people asleep are less likely to hear those
warnings. When a Tornado Warning is issued for your area or if you
spot a tornado... seek shelter in a substantial building. The safest
place is in an interior bathroom or closet. Put as many walls
between you and the outside as possible. Stay away from windows as
debris picked up by a tornado can easily shatter a window and enter
your home. If you are caught outdoors... seek shelter in a low spot
like a ditch or culvert. You want to get as low as possible to
protect yourself from flying debris. If in your car and threatened
by a tornado... abandon your vehicle and seek shelter in a
substantial structure or in a ditch. Never try to outrun a tornado
in a vehicle.
Flooding and flash flooding: flooding can result from several
different weather situations... such as slow moving thunderstorms
repeatedly affecting the same location... or days of steady rain can
cause creeks and rivers to flood over large areas. Any thunderstorm
moving across urbanized areas can cause flash flooding due to the
amount of runoff generated by highly developed areas. Rushing water
in the form of a flash flood can quickly become deadly. Just a few
inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off of your feet...
while just one to two feet of moving water can overtake a car
forcing it off the Road and possibly washing it away downstream.
Flooding is dangerous any time of day... but most dangerous at night
when it is difficult to see. Most flood deaths occur in automobiles.
When approaching water flowing over the Road... turn around and go
the other way. Knowing your area's flood risk at home and work is
also very important. Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance.
Many policies do not cover flooding and many areas across North
Carolina are subject to flooding although not officially declared
within a flood plain. Just because flood damage is not in your
insurance policy does not mean your house cannot flood. Before rain
and flood waters threaten... evaluate your flood risk and know where
you will go if you need to evacuate. Once a Flash Flood Warning is
issued... then it is time to take action. When a warning is issued
for your area... it means that flooding has been reported or is
imminent. This is the time to closely monitor the situation and move
quickly if flood waters threaten. If advised to evacuate... do so
immediately. Seek higher ground... and move to a safe location before
access is cut off by flood waters. Never allow children to play
around high water... creeks... streams... or storm drains.
We hope that you have taken time this week to think about the
various types of severe weather that can threaten your home and
family. Talk with your family about severe weather and develop a
safety plan. Staying informed about severe weather and making sure
that you know what to do when severe weather threatens will keep you
and your family safe.
Finally... be a force of nature... and spread the word to your
friends... family... neighbors... and co-workers about severe weather
planning and safety... and encourage them to do the same. For more
information... please visit ready.Gov/severe-weather.
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