Sunny, with a high near 72. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
While many appear to have chosen to treat the storm as a serious threat, we do not want to alarm readers. We monitor numerous weather services during periods when the weather is potentially dangerous, and our best source is calling for us (Lincoln County) to have about 2.5 inches of rain Thursday with sustained winds of 20-25 mph and gusts of about 30-35 mph but with occasional rare bursts (especially mid to late Thursday afternoon) up to 48 mph. One thing they all agree about is that the storm will be gone by Friday and Friday will be sunny. By the way, we're also expecting some cooler temperatures--at last! The high Thursday will be in the mid to upper 70s and almost the same on Friday, but morning low temps will dip to about 50° Friday morning and by Saturday morning we may see some in the upper 40s. If you think it has been unusually hot for this time of the year, you're right--but last year on October 11th, it was 87°! By October 30th last year, the morning low had dipped to 31°--our first sub-freezing temp last Fall. That 87° last year was the record high for October 11th. The record low was 28° in 2000. Thursday's rainfall will set a new record for Oct. 11th--the old record was 1.6 inches on Oct. 11, 1990. [Source: NC State University NC Climate Office] A Flash Flood Warning was issued for our area late Thursday morning, but we were unable to find any roads that had been flooded to the point of being impassable.
While the storm isn't likely to cause major damage in our area, isolated problems may occur. Given the amount of rain we're expecting, flooding isn't as much a concern as some would seem to believe. Our most likely problem will be downed trees or limbs and the possiblity of power outages caused by them. We had one report of a tree falling on a home early Thursday morning; and while we mostly dodged the serious effects of Hurricane Florence, there was one fatality--an infant killed when a tree fell on a mobile home between Dallas and Stanley. Be careful while driving; not only is there the danger from possible downed trees or limbs, but the rain is producing puddles even on major highways that can create hydroplaning.
As previously noted, all athletic events for the Lincoln County Schools have been cancelled for Thursday. The Lincolnton at West Lincoln and Bandys at East Lincoln JV football games that were scheduled for 7 PM Thursday have been rescheduled for Monday (Oct. 15th) at 7 PM. North Lincoln's JVs were also scheduled to play the Maiden JVs at 7 PM Thursday at NLHS--we had not received a new date for that game as of Thursday morning. The North Lincoln at East Lincoln soccer match was rescheduled for Monday October 29th. The Lincolnton at Bandys soccer match was rescheduled for next Thursday (Oct. 18th). The South Fork Conference tennis tournament matches that had been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday have been rescheduled for Friday and Monday at Maiden.
The Head Start programs in Lincoln & Gaston counties will not operate Thursday.
Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy will not operate Thursday.
Unity Preschool (Denver) will be closed Thursday.
Denver Baptist Preschool will be closed Thursday.
Gaston College will close at noon Thursday; there will be no evening classes.
UNC-Charlotte has cancelled classes for Thursday.
Should any other cancellations or postponements be reported to us, we'll post them as they are received.
With the weather clearing, there would appear to be no reason for any Friday events to be changed. CLICK HERE
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