GREENSBORO, N.C. — Our drought is about to get a lot more help. More rain is heading to the Carolinas, and it's coming right from the tropics. Here's what the WFMY News 2 Weather Team is tracking.
While winds in the system have been measured a 60 mph, the structure or circulation is still not very organized. Therefore, the storm has not yet been classified as a tropical or subtropical storm. That is expected to happen later today or tonight.
WHAT WE'RE TRACKING:
- A tropical system is forming in the Gulf of Mexico right now
- It became Tropical Storm Nestor Friday Afternoon
- This storm will move toward the Carolinas for Saturday night and Sunday morning, bringing rain but not much wind.
WHAT'S THE TIMELINE:
- Saturday AM: Dry. Some sunshine.
- Saturday midday: Dry. Clouds increasing.
- Saturday late afternoon: Rain approaching from the south.
- Saturday evening: Rain moving in from south to north.
- Overnight Saturday: Steady rain likely. Heavy at times.
- Sunday morning: Steady rain continues.
- Sunday midday: Rain tapering off. Drying out.
- Sunday afternoon: Dry.
HOW MUCH RAIN:
- Rain totals will vary by location
- Still, we should plan on at least a half inch of rain
- Many areas will see an inch of rain or more, possibly as much as 2 inches
TROPICAL STORM? ANY WIND?
- Severe wind isn't likely in the Piedmont
- Gusty winds of 25-35 mph are possible
- Higher gusts possible for Eastern NC and along the coast