GREENSBORO, NC - Cindy is weakening, but for North Carolina we're just getting introduced to the storm. Some rounds of rain are likely overnight, with the potential for some strong storms Friday night.
Cindy is now a tropical depression, still located over Louisiana. Still, rain from the system extends all across the Deep South and even into the Carolinas, several hundred miles away.
The Triad will see a few different rounds of wet weather courtesy of Cindy. The first is tonight, when scattered rain showers are likely to continue through the overnight. A few embedded thunderstorms are possible, but the severe weather threat tonight is quite low.
Rain will come to an end tomorrow morning, leaving us with a mainly dry Friday. Much of the day will be hot with a good amount of sunshine. An isolated daytime storm can't be ruled out, but that's very unlikely.
The next round of rain we'll see from Cindy will come in Friday night into Saturday morning. This will be our closest brush with Cindy's remnants, and there is a threat for strong to severe storms. Our main concern will be a few damaging wind gusts, or even an isolated tornado.
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Drier air will move into the Piedmont late Saturday, and stick around for the rest of the weekend and into next week.
Overall, our flooding threat will be low, as we expect less than an inch of rain across the Piedmont through the duration of the storm.
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The WFMY News 2 Weather Team will continue to track Cindy and have updates throughout the week.
Now is a good time to review your hurricane safety plan, or create one if you don't have one yet. Here are a few hurricane safety tips:
Know local evacuation routes
Create a disaster kit (flashlight, batteries, copies of important documents, cash, first aid, etc)
Develop an emergency communication plan to be able to communicate with friends and family
Keep your cell phone charged
Pay attention to local media for information on evacuation orders
Emergency supply kits should contain enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. Other essential items include:
• Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
• First-aid kit
• Weather radio and batteries
• Supply of prescription medicines
• Sleeping bag or blankets
• Changes of clothes
• Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
• Cash or checkbook
• Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records
Stay Informed During A Storm
People should stay informed during a storm by keeping a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information and should know various evacuation routes into and out of their neighborhoods.
More information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness can be found online at ReadyNC.org
It's important to have a plan in place BEFORE a tropical system threatens your area.
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