Over the past 24 hours we've heard from a lot of you wondering what happened to the severe weather that was supposed to roll though, and rightfully so. Kenneth E. wrote, "I have been hearing the same story for three days now." And Nina S. wrote, "Was supposed to start yesterday, then this morning. Are you sure this time?"
We hear you and we understand your frustration. Your safety matters most to us, and we take keeping you prepared very seriously. So, when it comes to systems like this, we don't take any chances. And this time, we warned you about a storm that never quite developed.
So, what happened? This is a question many across the western Carolinas are asking right now after forecasts for flooding and severe weather dominated news stations across the Southeast, including ours. In this case, nearly 75 million people were in the path of the potential severe weather, and the storm's track ahead of us claimed over 29 lives across six states. Therefore, our first priority becomes preparing our local community for what could happen here.
Forecasting the system was a challenge because it was so long lived and cut off from the jet stream. This caused computer models to struggle with precipitation forecasts.
Locally, tornado warnings popped up for some in western North Carolina, areas including Swain, Graham, Haywood and Jackson counties, forcing residents to take shelter. High flood waters caused many in the town of Woodfin to evacuate their homes as well. But what about the rest of our region?
Because of cloud cover and strong storms to our south, we lacked the instability and moisture to fuel strong storms and heavy rain. This kept the Upstate and northeast Georgia from seeing the worst of the storm system.
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