Saturday, January 06, 2007

Friday's Stormy Weather in the Carolinas

Severe weather was reported is some spots around the Carolinas Friday afternoon and evening including tornadoes. One of those tornadoes touched down in Gaston County, North Carolina. That tornado was a short lived and relatively weak tornado rated an F0 on the Fujita scale.

Other tornadoes were reported in Pickens County, South Carolina and Spartanburg County, South Carolina. The Pickens County tornado touched down near the town of Liberty. That tornado was responsible for flipping several cars in an elementary school parking lot. Fifteen injuries were reported.

The Greenville-Spartanburg National Weather Service has more information on the severe weather in the Carolinas Friday night. Check on their detailed report at this link --
You can also read more on the Gaston County storm from --
No severe weather was reported in the Triangle and Triad. However, between a half and one inch of rain was reported in some spots. Here's a look at rain totals from Friday and early Saturday around our region:
  • Chapel Hill: 1.15"
  • Raleigh-Durham: 0.99"
  • Fayetteville: 0.77"
  • Southern Pines: 0.72"
  • Burlington: 0.64"
  • Goldsboro: 0.51"
  • Greensboro: 0.50"
  • Lumberton: 0.47"
  • Rocky Mount-Wilson: 0.38"
  • Henderson-Oxford: 0.35"
  • Winston-Salem: 0.33"

Saturday shaped up to be a spring-like day here in early January with highs near 70 in many spots. The weather will change for Sunday though. While we expect another mild day, rain will return by the afternoon and evening hours.

In fact, a few strong storms could be a possibility in eastern North Carolina. The Storm Prediction Center as that part of our state under a "slight risk" for severe weather. We'll keep a close eye on radar through the day and keep you updated to any threat for strong storms. Just stay tuned for Weather on the Ones on News 14 Carolina!

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