Florence pelts area with rain, wind

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Windows are boarded up at Lane Bryant on Thursday at Cobb Corners in preparation for Hurricane Florence.


From Staff Reports

Friday, September 14, 2018

A flash flood watch remains in effect through Sunday evening for the area as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence continue to pelt the region with moderate to heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has recorded wind speeds of 25-30 mph with gusts up to 35 to 40 mph in the Twin Counties, said meteorologist Greg Hanson.

“(Rocky Mount is) on the fringe of the heaviest stuff,” he said. “Expect a moderate amount of rain throughout the day with some roads flooding.”

A tornado warning issued earlier in the day for south-central Nash County was lifted at 1:30 p.m., and Hanson said the threat of tornadoes will decrease as the day goes on.

“The tornado threat diminishes once the sun goes down and the individual storms that can produce a tornado don’t have as much energy,” he said.

Sutton Street is so far the only street in the city that is closed due to flooding, said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city’s chief communications and marketing officer.

The city’s Facebook page reports that nearly 500 utility customers lost power for a short time this morning before city crews were able to restore service.

Kenan-Norman said there are currently no reported outages.

City crews also cleared about a half-dozen streets that were temporarily blocked by fallen trees throughout the day.

The Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building and all city facilities closed at 2 p.m. today.