Rain this late morning and early afternoon... then mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain late. Near steady temperature in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
There are currently no warnings or advisories for this location.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 8:00 am EST on December 10, 2013
***winter weather preparedness week in North Carolina December 8-14 2013***
this week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be issuing informative messages to help you prepare for winter weather. Today we will focus on winter weather preparedness and things to keep in mind when snow and ice are in the forecast.
Is your home prepared for winter?
We think of our homes as the place we want to be when the weather turns cold and blustery. However... if certain precautions are not taken before a winter storm strikes... life at home can be just as miserable as the weather outside.
Severe winter storms produce conditions which can isolate you in your home for several days. Prolonged loss of power and telephone services can severely limit your ability to heat your home and call for help. In severe winter storms... obtaining supplies... food and other necessities can be hampered or prevented by poor Road conditions. The following are some helpful hints to make your home a safe Haven during winter weather.
Stock an emergency supply of food and water prior to the onset of a winter storm. Include food items which require no cooking such as canned meats... Peanut butter and other non-perishables. Also do not Forget to have necessary medicines and baby items on hand. A three to five day supply of food and medicine is generally sufficient. Also make sure you have a manual can opener.
Keep an adequate supply of heating fuel at your home. Use your fuel properly and sparingly as supplies may be in short order during winter storms. Use heaters and fuels properly and safely in order to avoid deadly fires and Carbon monoxide.
Keep on hand a flash light... battery powered radio... extra batteries and a first aid kit.
Prevent water pipes from freezing by wrapping them with insulation or newspaper covered with plastic. In really cold weather... let your faucets drip slightly to help avoid freezing. If your pipes do freeze... remove the insulation and wrap the pipes in rags. Open every faucet in the house and pour hot water over the rag wrapped pipes. Also... know how to shut off your homes water supply should water lines break.
Keep generators well away from the home. Never run a generator in your garage or any other enclosed area. Carbon monoxide from the exhaust of the generator can be a silent killer. Also make sure your generator is properly wired to your home.
Never heat your home using a charcoal grill... gas grill or Camp stove. Grills and Camp stoves create deadly Carbon monoxide fumes that will build up when used in your home. Always use grills outside.
Due to the use of alternative heating sources, house fires can be a real danger during winter storms... so make sure that every family member knows how to evacuate the home in the event of a fire. Make sure you and your family designate an outdoor meeting place if you do have to leave your home quickly because of a fire. Also make sure all smoke detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries.
Being prepared for winter weather means having the necessary information to make the right decisions. Weather forecasts play a large role in this decision making process. The National Weather Service recommends that you regularly check its web site or tune into NOAA Weather Radio... local television and local radio in order to keep informed of weather conditions and forecasts this winter.
Additional information on winter weather preparedness can be obtained on-line through the North Carolina department of emergency management home Page. The url is:
up-to-date weather information is available on-line from the following National Weather Service sites serving North Carolina (all urls in lower case):
NWS Raleigh NC- http://weather.Gov/rah NWS Wilmington NC - http://weather.Gov/ilm NWS Newport/Morehead City NC - http://weather.Gov/mhx NWS Wakefield VA - http://weather.Gov/akq NWS Blacksburg VA - http://weather.Gov/rnk NWS Greenville/Spartanburg SC - http://weather.Gov/gsp
National Weather Service winter weather preparedness home Page - http://www.NWS.NOAA.Gov/om/winter/index.Shtml
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