Severe Chances Today...

>> Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The SPC has put out a 'moderate' risk of severe weather today over portions of central and eastern North Carolina. The rest of the Carolinas are in a 'slight' risk area.

The pre-frontal showers and storms are already pushing into the western parts of South Carolina as I am typing this, so this could be another case where these showers and storms out ahead of the front advance in too quickly for a significant severe weather threat for the Charlotte region.

However, the upper level dynamics in place today are impressive, and severe weather will at least be a possibility today across the entire region. The greatest risk will probably be over eastern portions of the Carolinas this afternoon and evening.

This is a good time to review your severe weather safety plan. In the event of a tornado warning, you need to remember a few things. First of all, a mobile home or automobile is not a safe place to be. If you are in a mobile home or a vehicle, you need to get out of them and into a sturdy structure immediately.

Once in a sturdy building, you need to be on the lowest floor in an interior room. Stay away from doors or windows. The idea is to put as many walls between you and the possible tornado as you can. And, most times a bathroom on the lowest floor is a great choice due to the room being a bit sturdier due to the piping involved in bathrooms.

This is one of those days to plays things on the safe side. Have a reliable way of hearing watch and warning information in the event they are issued. We will have you covered on News 14 Carolina in all markets.....Charlotte, Triad, and Triangle. So keep it tuned to News 14 throughout the day, and we will keep you up to date.


Felipe Snark 12:28 PM  

I see the NWS has updated their severe weather forecast to include just about all the Carolinas in the "moderate risk". We just had a very gusty downpour here in Chapel Hill and now the sun is coming out.

I like thunderstorms, but I hope no one gets hurt.

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