Monday, March 7, 2011

Weather service to check for tornado damage in Rolesville

Weather service to check for tornado damage in Rolesville

From Staff Reports
Published in: Weather

The National Weather Service in Raleigh will send a survey team to Rolesville this morning to determine whether a tornado hit during Sunday night's storms.
Survey crews also may be dispatched to Wilson County and northern Sampson County, where severe weather also was reported, according to weather service meteorologist Gail Hartfield.
"We'll talk to people and do a professional assessment of the damage," Hartfield said. By late afternoon, the survey crew should know whether the damage was caused by a tornado or by straight-line winds.
At least one man was hurt when a power line hit the roof of his home, starting a fire, The Associated Press reported. Eighty-six-year-old Cecil Bell of Rolesville was in fair condition at WakeMed Hospital, where he was being treated for smoke inhalation.
Sunday's storms dumped slightly more than an inch of rain on some areas of the Triangle. At weather service offices on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University, 1.01 inches of rain fell, she said.
But at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, just two-thirds of an inch of rain fell, Hartfield said.
Today's weather will be clear with high temperatures in the upper 50s, Hartfield said.
More rain, and the chance for severe weather, is headed our way as early as Wednesday afternoon or Thursday, she said. "It looks like almost a duplicate of Sunday," she said.

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