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TIMELINE: Zeta to bring high winds, power outages to NC Thursday

45-55+ mph wind gusts possible Thursday

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Hurricane Zeta has knocked out power to hundreds of thousands in the deep south and is racing into the Triad today. It's going to be a powerful storm for us. The WFMY News 2 Weather Team is on top of this storm for you.

Zeta will move into our area as a potent tropical storm during the morning and midday hours on Thursday. We're expecting high winds to be the biggest problem, but we'll also have driving rain and a low threat for tornadoes.

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Timeline for Hurricane Zeta in Triad.


Our biggest concern with Zeta is high wind potential since it is merging with another area of low pressure and a cold front. It's likely that we'll see gusts over 45-55 mph at times in the midday and afternoon hours Thursday, mainly between 8am and 4pm. Power outages will be likely for some.

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In addition to wind, it'll also bring us rain and a low-end threat for severe weather. Rain totals will be highest in the Foothills where 2"+ will be possible and lowest east of the Triad where only 1/2" or so is expected.

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Widespread severe weather isn't expected, but if a severe storm is able to form a tornado can't be ruled out. We're currently under a marginal risk for severe weather.

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A cold front will move through late Thursday night, leading to quiet weather for the weekend.

Behind that front, we will cool down and clear out on Friday. Highs will be in the low 60s there, with highs only in the mid 50s for Halloween on Saturday.

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Follow along with the WFMY News Weather Team on air and online as they track the storm system. We'll keep you updated and prepared in the coming days.

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