Tracking Zeta: Latest Track and Local Impacts
Tropical Storm Zeta continues to weaken as it races off to the northeast, but not before bringing heavy rain and strong wind to our area this morning.
As of 5:00 am Wednesday – Zeta is located in northern Georgia as a high-end tropical storm. Zeta will continue to race northeastward toward the Carolinas.
Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the majority of the WCCB area. This warning in effect for Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell counties and counties to the west.
Wind Advisory is in effect for areas east of the Tropical Storm Warning. Wind Advisory in effect Thursday from 6 am – 6 pm.
Flash Flood Watch for Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, Avery, Burke and Caldwell counties from midnight tonight through Thursday afternoon.
High Wind Watch in effect from 2 am Thursday through Thursday evening from the southern Blue Ridge and Grayson Highlands of Virginia into the mountains of North Carolina.
IMPACTS FOR THE WCCB AREA:
1. RAIN – These two systems will likely bring 1-4 inches of rain to the WCCB area. Higher amounts will fall across the Mountains with rain totals decreasing as you head southeastward across the Carolinas. Mountains: 2-4” / Foothills: 1-3” / Piedmont: 0.5-1.5”
** 2. WIND – Winds will be sustained at 20-30 mph. Winds may gust up to 55 mph. These strong winds will be our primary threat and may result in trees falling and numerous power outages.
3. STORMS – Isolated strong storms are possible along and to the east of the Zeta track, therefore isolated storms are possible for us. Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the Piedmont in a Marginal Risk for strong to severe storms which is level 1 of 5.
4. TORNADO THREAT – While devastating, long-track tornadoes are not expected, a few quick spin-ups are possible during the morning hours Thursday. These will likely be weak and short-lived, but can pack winds strong enough to knock over trees, power lines, and cause damage to homes.
** Be sure you secure any loose objects on your property. This includes Halloween decorations! Also, have at least two ways to receive warnings through the day on Thursday.