Rain and stiff winds were headed for the Triangle beginning Wednesday afternoon, and the region could see as much as 2 inches of rain before things dry out on Friday, according to National Weather Service forecasters.
The rain was likely to start in the Triangle in the afternoon and spread east, the weather service said.
More worrisome for Wednesday were stiff winds that could cause problems with trees and power lines and might even spawn tornadoes in spots.
“A few thunderstorms are expected today, mainly in the afternoon through early evening. A storm or two may may approach severe limits, producing locally strong wind gusts over 45 mph [that are] capable of knocking down tree limbs,” forecasters said.
The weather service said the total volume of rain through the two days could produce local flooding, but they decided to see how much water comes down and how fast before posting any advisories about that.
The chance of precipitation in the area was forecast to go to 100 percent Wednesday afternoon and to not fall back under 50-50 before Friday morning.