Halifax Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Freeze Warning
Statement as of 3:42 PM EDT on April 16, 2014

...Freeze warning in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am EDT Thursday...

The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a freeze warning...which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am EDT Thursday.

* Temperatures...in the lower 30s late tonight through early Thursday morning...are expected. Temperatures will be at or below freezing for a few hours.

* Impacts...vegetation sensitive to these cold temperatures may be damaged or killed if precautions are not taken.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:58 PM EDT on April 16, 2014

...NWS Raleigh confirms that a microburst/straight-line wind damage occurred 4.25 miles east of Eastover in Cumberland County North Carolina...

Location...4.25 miles east of Eastover in Cumberland County North Carolina date...April 15, 2014 estimated time...7:20 am EDT estimated maximum wind speed...60 to 65 mph * fatalities...0 * injuries...0

* the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS storm data.

...Summary... the National Weather Service in Raleigh NC has confirmed that a microburst/straight-line wind damage occurred 4.25 miles east of Eastover in Cumberland County North Carolina on April 15, 2014.

A storm survey was conducted this morning at the damage site. Damage included several trees and tree branches that were snapped and carried downwind (in a straight-line fashion) approximately 30 yards...along with two trees that were blown over...in the same direction. In addition...one Mobile home sustained damage which included shingle removal on the upwind side of the roof...siding peeled away from the frame...one broken window as a result of debris blown into it...and a portion of the base blocks which were pushed over. A window of a vehicle parked at the residence was shattered as a tree branch flew into it. A neighboring home also had some minor siding damage. Finally...a carport was uplifted and carried across the Road...and landed in a pattern similar to the tree damage...which also suggested straight-line wind damage. The nature and degree of damage suggested a maximum wind gust of 60 to 65 mph.

This information can also be found on our website at weather.Gov/rah.

For reference... a microburst is a convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal/vertical wind shears...which can adversely affect aircraft performance and cause property damage. Straight-line winds are generally any wind that is not associated with rotation...used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.