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Tropical Storm Warning for Watauga County

Last Updated on October 28, 2020 5:21 pm

459 PM EDT Wed Oct 28 2020


A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours

    • Boone
    • Blowing Rock
  • WIND
    • LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind
      • Peak Wind Forecast: 15-25 mph with gusts to 45 mph
    • POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for wind 39 to
      57 mph
      • PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm
      • PREPARE: Efforts to protect property should now be
        underway. Prepare for limited wind damage.
      • ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind
        becomes hazardous.
      • Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored
        mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
      • Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or
        uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees
        are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown
      • A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within
        urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving
        conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways.
      • Scattered power and communications outages.
    • LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flood Watch is in effect
      • Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 2-4 inches, with locally
        higher amounts
    • POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for moderate
      flooding rain
      • PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
        moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues
        are possible.
      • PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area
        vulnerable to flooding.
      • ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
        action may result in serious injury or loss of life.
    • POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
      • Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations
        and rescues.
      • Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with
        swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places,
        especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams,
        creeks, canals, arroyos, and ditches overflow.
      • Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken
        foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas
        of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and
        poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on
        moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow.
        Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge
      • Situation is unfavorable for tornadoes
    • POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Tornadoes not expected
      • PLAN: Tornadoes are not expected. Showers and thunderstorms
        with gusty winds may still occur.
      • PREPARE: Little to no preparations needed to protect
        against tornadoes at this time. Keep informed of the latest
        tornado situation.
      • ACT: Listen for changes in the forecast.
    • POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None
      • Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.
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