ASHEBORO N.C. – As Tropical Storm Nicole is nearing Hurricane strength off the coast of Florida forecasters are warning of heavy rains and the risk of tornadoes locally starting as soon as tomorrow afternoon.
After moving into Florida, Nicole will eventually turn northeastward and move up across the Carolinas with impacts expected to be felt locally as soon as Thursday afternoon. According to models the first of several bands from Nicole should move across central North Carolina late Thursday afternoon with rain and gusty winds expected to continue and off through Friday night.
Rain will be possible from Thursday evening through Friday evening. The heaviest rain is likely during
Friday morning and Friday evening. For Randolph County 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible as well as minor flooding in poor drainage areas and the typical spots that collect water when we have heavy downpours.
The new(er) threat in the updated forecast will be the increased risk of severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh, while Thursday the risk of severe storms is forecast to remain there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms (primary hazard being isolated/brief tornadoes) anywhere across central NC Friday and Friday evening.
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