Weather Briefing: Hurricane Michael

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Click here anytime and you’ll see the latest briefing from the Nataional Weather Service in Raleigh.

WIZS.com and WIZS Radio (1450 AM and 100.1 FM) will list the latest on the storm online and on air.

The latest will remain pinned to the top of facebook.com/wizsradio and twitter.com/wizsradio until storm coverage is no longer needed.

UPDATE – 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 11

A dangerous squall-like period of rain and wind will sweep across the area this afternoon. Wind gusts in this band will average from 30 to 40 mph with some areas experiencing wind gusts in excess of 55 mph. These winds will result in numerous downed trees and power lines.

Heavy rain with rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will likely lead to flash flooding. Flooding is most likely in urban areas and low-lying locations. A couple hour-long periods of very heavy rain and gusts potentially exceeding 55 mph on the backside of Michael will sweep across the Piedmont.

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UPDATE – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 10

Henderson-Vance Director of Emergency Management Brian Short said, “Nothing much has changed with our overall Hurricane Michael forecast since yesterday; however, there are some concerns about this system.

“The primary threat is going to be heavy rain. Sustained winds are expected to be 20 – 30 mph with gusts of 40 mph or slightly higher. The concern with this is given the heavy rain and already saturated ground, wind gusts of 40 mph could – and likely will – result in downed trees and power outages. According to the NWS, we should begin to feel the effects in the overnight hours tonight and early morning hours tomorrow with the storm moving out tomorrow evening.

“We will be overstaffing the 911 center through the day tomorrow in the event the call volume is higher than usual. At this time, we do not believe that it will be necessary to implement additional emergency protective measures, but we are continuing to monitor the storm very closely as it approaches.

“We will forward along additional information as it is received.”

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UPDATE – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 9

Henderson-Vance Director of Emergency Management Brian Short said, “Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in Florida as a Category 3 storm; however, it is also expected to weaken shortly after and pose only a minimal threat in our area.

“We can expect some gusty winds and periods of heavy rain with some localized flash flooding later this week. A few downed trees and some isolated downed power outages are also possible.

“As always, we will be monitoring the storm closely as it approaches and will be poised to heighten our storm preparations over the coming days. However, at this time that does not appear to be necessary.”

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UPDATE – 10 a.m. Monday, October 8

Henderson-Vance Director of Emergency Management Brian Short said, “While our impact is forecast to be light, we can expect some gusty winds and some heavy rain at times later in the week.”

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About John C. Rose

John is a graduate of Northern Vance High School & UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. He has been a radio personality since 1989.

John is the Marketing Consultant, News, Sports, & Town Talk Broadcaster, Technician, & Treasurer for WIZS Radio.

He is the current On-site Radio Engineer for Duke Basketball and Football and has been their scoreboard announcer in the past as well.

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