Thursday, May 30

Tracking Hurricane Idalia [UPDATED]

Last Update: 8/30/23 1:30pm

ASHEBORO N.C. – Idalia made landfall around 7:45 a.m. Eastern time along Florida’s Big Bend, near Keaton Beach, and is currently moving at 30 mph up the southeast coast. Here is everything you need to know about local impacts.

Confidence / Expected Changes

As of Aug 30th, 11:30 a.m. briefing by the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh there have been no significant changes to the forecast for Randolph County.

Forecasters say confidence is HIGH that the event will occur and MODERATE regarding impacts.


Impacts in central North Carolina, including Randolph County, are expected to start as soon as Wednesday afternoon and continue through Friday afternoon.

Local Impacts

Heavy rainfall and gusty winds will be the main threats with Hurricane Idalia in central North Carolina, primarily south and east of Raleigh. Impacts in Randolph County are likely to be nothing more than gusty winds and rain starting Tuesday afternoon through Thursday evening.


The current forecast models predict that Randolph County will receive between 0.25″ and 0.80″ between 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. on Thursday.


There is a potential for localized to moderate flooding in Randolph County, with the highest risk being in the southeast of the county. However, the main flood threat is expected to remain to the southeast of Randolph County.

Some rivers across southeastern North Carolina may see water levels rise and river flooding starting Wednesday night and lasting into the weekend, until water levels subside.


Sustained speeds of 15-25 mph are expected, with gusts of 25-35 mph, isolated around 40 mph across most of central NC. Highest winds along and east of I-95, Wednesday evening through Thursday night.

Wind gusts combined with soaked ground may result in scattered downed trees and power outages across central North Carolina.


The threat of a tornado is expected to remain to the southeast SE of a line from Laurinburg to Fayetteville to Goldsboro and is therefore not expected to be a significant threat in Randolph County currently.

Updates / Warnings

The National Weather Service Office in Raleigh will be providing daily briefing updates through September 1st, and we will continue to update this page as changes to the forecast are made available.

Residents are encouraged to keep an eye on the forecast throughout the week and have a way to receive severe weather alerts.