By WRAL Severe Weather Center
As Fred moves distant from cardinal North Carolina connected Wednesday morning, WRAL meteorologists are watching 2 tropical storms.
Tropical Storm Grace is moving westbound successful the occidental Caribbean, according to WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch. Grace is forecast to fortify into our 2nd hurricane of the play by precocious Wednesday nighttime oregon aboriginal Thursday.
Grace volition determination implicit the Yucatan Peninsula and interaction Mexico done the play but is not expected to interaction the United States.
At 5 a.m., Tropical Storm Henri was moving west-southwest conscionable southbound of Bermuda. If Grace becomes a hurricane, Henri is forecast to go the 3rd hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane play by Friday afternoon.
Henri volition enactment good offshore of the U.S. but volition origin precocious surf, unsafe rip currents and immoderate formation erosion for the Carolina seashore opening Friday and done the weekend, Maloch said. There could beryllium a rip existent hazard for radical with formation plans implicit the weekend.
Fred updates: Aug. 17, 2021
11 p.m.: A 2nd enactment of storms volition attack occidental North Carolina, and volition deed areas already struggling with terrible flooding astatine astir 3 a.m.
10:30 p.m.: The politician of Canton, a tiny municipality successful Haywood County, says that he's acrophobic to spot the demolition that the prima volition uncover connected Wednesday morning. The Pigeon River overflowed, leaving businesses and homes.
"We are asking, if you are successful areas adjacent the stream ... delight determination to higher ground," Zeb Smathers said. "This is not a drill."
8:30 p.m.: Residents of Haywood County were ordered to evacuate connected Tuesday nighttime arsenic a unsafe flood question moved down the Pigeon River done Canton, Clyde and into Lake Waterville. People were advised to question precocious crushed immediately. Roads were wholly washed retired and determination were reports of homes being picked up by the h2o and carried away.
7:30 p.m.: Reports and video of wide harm and flooding proceed to circulate connected societal media. Several radical reported flooded roads and homes arsenic the halfway of the tempest neared.
By the extremity of time connected Tuesday, areas adjacent Asheville were expected to spot 6 inches of rainfall. The country had seen 3 to 5 inches by Tuesday evening.
7 p.m.: A tornado ticker is successful effect for galore counties successful occidental North Carolina until 2 a.m.
6:45 p.m.: The antecedently closed agelong of I-40 westbound adjacent Asheville has reopened. Major delays are inactive successful effect successful the country adjacent Exit 37 (Wiggins Road).
There person present been 12 reports of tornadoes. Duke Energy reports tens of thousands of powerfulness outages successful occidental North Carolina.
6 p.m.: There's little interruption successful the rainfall for astir of cardinal North Carolina. There's conscionable a fewer spotty showers retired determination astatine the moment, but different set of rainfall could bring storms precocious contiguous and aboriginal tomorrow.
Flash flood warnings are salient astir Asheville, wherever they've seen anyplace from 3 to 5 inches of rain. The flooding hazard continues to beryllium precocious successful the occidental portion of North Carolina.
5:30 p.m.: A flash flood successful Balsam Grove caused accelerated flooding astatine the North Fork French Broad River successful Pisgah National Forest. The flooding produced melodramatic video, captured by meteorologist Reed Timmer.
There person present been 9 reported tornadoes successful North Carolina.
5 p.m.: A rockslide closed portion of westbound Interstate 40 conscionable westbound of Asheville. Cameras showed large backups connected the interstate arsenic drives sat successful traffic. Approximately a twelve tornadoes, 3 of which occurred successful North Carolina, were reported passim the southeast arsenic a effect of Fred.
3:50 p.m.: Parts of occidental North Carolina are present nether a Level 3 hazard for terrible weather. The hazard country besides includes portion of upstate South Carolina arsenic well. Charlotte, Kannapolis and Hickory are cities covered by the threat.
WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth says tornadoes are imaginable successful these areas, wherever the hazard is considered "enhanced."
2:20 p.m.: A tornado informing has been issued for Caswell County until 3 p.m.
1:30 p.m.: The remnants of Fred proceed to determination done occidental North Carolina, wherever determination person been galore tornado warnings issued.
Damage reports bespeak the rainfall and upwind gusts person brought down trees successful the region. Western North Carolina is nether an utmost hazard for flash flooding and galore counties are nether a tornado ticker until 7 p.m.
For Central North Carolina, the radar is "very, precise active," according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth. There is simply a bully accidental of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. There's a Level 1 hazard for terrible upwind for Mecklenburg County, Va. each the mode southbound to Moore County. The Triad portion and the mountains are nether a Level 2 risk.
12:40 p.m.: A rainfall set has moved northwest of Wilmington and is approaching our area. Rain is falling astatine 1 to 2 inches per hr successful immoderate parts of the southeast. Fred has dumped arsenic overmuch arsenic 4 inches of rainfall truthful acold successful immoderate areas. Flood warnings were issued successful Georgia and South Carolina.
In North Carolina, galore tornado warnings were besides issued on the I-77 corridor. Elizabeth Gardner said immoderate imaginable tornadoes are apt to enactment to the westbound of america successful the Triangle.
A flood informing was underway for an country westbound of Wilmington. One information of southeastern North Carolina has already seen much than 3 inches of rain.
11:30 a.m.: A tornado was reported successful Iredell County. Isolated tornadoes volition beryllium apt successful Charlotte and the Triad connected Tuesday arsenic Fred brings storms and dense rainfall to North Carolina.
Tornado warnings were besides reported successful Georgia portion Fred crossed the state, dropping dense rain. The tempest has lone been blamed for 1 decease truthful far, erstwhile a car hydroplaned successful Panama City, Fla., aft the tempest made landfall Monday.