NWS: Tropical Storm Andrea To Bring 2-3 Inches Of Rain To Triangle
(Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to cause some delays to this weekend’s UNC-South Carolina series at Boshamer Stadium.)
CHAPEL HILL – The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire Triangle until 6:00 p.m. Friday, as Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to drop more than two inches of rain on the area when it arrives late Friday morning.
That’s on top of about half an inch of rain that fell on Thursday, part of an entirely different system.
WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Shawna Coakley during the WCHL Thursday Evening News.
AARON KECK: What can we expect to see from Tropical Storm Andrea?
SHAWNA COAKLEY: We’ll see rainfall increasing beginning tonight and into tomorrow; we could see 2-3 inches of rain during the day tomorrow.
AK: When is the rain from Andrea likely to begin?
SC: We have a warm front just to the south of our area right now; Andrea will start affecting the area Friday morning, through the day Friday, and then it will rapidly accelerate off the coast Friday evening.
AK: When will we see the worst of the rain?
SC: We’re expecting the heaviest rainfall to be Friday morning and afternoon.
AK: Could there be anything worse than thunderstorms? Tornadoes?
SC: We don’t expect any widespread severe weather–because (of) the track of the system, tornadoes in this area won’t be a major concern.
AK: And again, this is heading up the east coast, so the worst of the weather will be off to the east of the Triangle by the Outer Banks, yes?
SC: That’s right.
AK: What can we expect in terms of wind?
SC: The wind shouldn’t be terribly strong, but we could see a few gusts into the 20-30 mph range.
AK: And when can we expect to see the whole system move out?
SC: We’ll see conditions start to improve Friday evening, and the system will be out of our hair during that period.