Sunday, March 16, 2008

Severe Storms Bring Damage to NC, Calmer Weather for Sunday

Yesterday's weather proved to be deadly for one community in Georgia, as tornadic storms rolled through Floyd county in the northern portion of that state.

The severe storms moved into NC in earnest on Saturday from late afternoon well into the nighttime hours. While there were no confirmed tornadoes in NC, there were a number of reported funnel clouds in southern portions of the state.

Some of the reported damage in NC:

* Golf ball sized hail reported in Orrum (Robeson county) ,

* Penny sized hail near Fremont in Wayne county, Quarter sized hail in Wilmington, North Topsail Beach and near Seven Lakes in Moore county.

Winds caused a number of downed trees throughout the state, some areas affected included the Laurel Hill area of Scotland county, Raynham in Robeson county, Roseboro in Sampson county and possible structural damage to buildings in Pender county.

Fortunately we have a calmer day today. Breezy northerly winds are being drawn south around high pressure centered far to our north. This feature will be the predominant weather maker for us through Wednesday, first keeping us on the cooler side but as it shifts eastward into the week it will combine with the upper level jet stream to bring us milder temperatures.

A potent storm system is being forecast by the weather models to make its way eastward across the southern Plains and Southeast. This will bring another possibility for much needed rain and some thunderstorms Wednesday.

Have a good week.

Pati Darak

Meteorologist, News 14 Carolina

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