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Posted on: September 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Be Prepared for Severe Weather This Weekend

If the remnants of Hurricane Ian bring heavy rains to the area this weekend, residents should take extra care if driving and be prepared in case they lose power, says August Vernon, the emergency management director for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

As of 11:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service in Raleigh was forecasting up to two to six inches of rain for central North Carolina from Friday through mid-day Saturday. However, the actual amount of rainfall could vary, depending upon the track of the storm and the speed with which it moves through the Triad.

Heavy downpours could result in flooding in low-lying sections of road. Drivers should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Only 12 inches of rushing water can carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks.

The combination of wet ground and wind gusts of up to 40 mph could blow down weak or leaning trees and could lead to isolated power outages. Residents should have a supply of non-perishable food and flashlights or battery-powered lanterns.

“Although the severity of the storm at this point is expected to be limited, storms can be unpredictable,” Vernon said. “Localized flooding or power outages can happen anywhere and residents should make sure they are prepared for the worst.”

For complete information about preparing for severe weather visit ReadyForsyth.org or ReadyNC.org


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