First Alert Weather Headlines

  First Alert: Quick shot of heavy rain tonight

After several cold mornings in the 20s this week, we’re starting off in the much milder 40s all across the WBTV viewing area this morning on southerly breezes and heavy cloud cover.

  2020 Hurricane season smashes records

  VIDEO: Charlotte firefighters save man stranded on bike, clinging to tree in floodwaters

  Gov. Cooper issues State of Emergency following deadly flooding across N.C.

  GALLERY: Massive flooding leads to evacuations, rescues and road closures across WBTV viewing area

  Massive flooding in WBTV viewing area leads to evacuations, rescues and search efforts

  FIRST ALERT: Flash Flood Warnings issued as early round of heavy rainfall moves through area

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  First Alert: Flash Flood Watch in effect as heavy rain drenches WBTV viewing area

Major Hurricane Eta soon to make landfall

  Trail of damage left behind as remnants of Zeta rolls through WBTV viewing area

  Zeta’s remnants roaring through Carolinas, bringing intense wind and heavy rain

International Space Station to be over Charlotte

  Tropical Depression Twenty-Seven forms over Atlantic

  Tonight: Mars at its brightest until 2035

Earth and Mars will be separated by a mere 39 million miles tonight, their closest pairing until 2035. The red planet will look much brighter and telescopically, will appear much bigger.

  Hurricane Delta expected to slam battered central Louisiana coast Friday evening

Locally, heavy rainfall associated with the remnants of Delta is expected across the region over the weekend.

  Delta: Hurricane conditions, life threatening storm surge reach northern Gulf Friday

Currently situated some less than 400 miles south of the Cameron, Louisiana, Delta is now moving slower, 14 mph, towards northwest than it has in previous hours.

Hurricane Delta weakens to Category 1 storm for now, Louisiana landfall likely Friday

As for our region, impacts are likely to be indirect, as the remnants pass north and west of the Carolinas over the weekend.

Category 4 Hurricane Delta is even stronger

Delta strengthens into hurricane, heading for the U.S. Gulf coast

  FIRST ALERT: Showers & storms today, big weekend chill down

Tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach, sends beach chairs flying

  FIRST ALERT: Heavy rainfall drenches Carolinas as Sally’s remnants approach Atlantic

  FIRST ALERT: Sally to bring torrential downpours and flash flooding to our area

  Sally lashes Gulf Coast, Carolinas up next

Today’s weather will be calm, quiet and comfortable with low humidity levels holding on. High temperatures in the upper 70s are forecast as clouds gradually increase. Still, rain chances will remain near zero during the daylight hours.

Hurricane Sally: Category 1 storm crawls towards Northern Gulf Coast, landfall expected by Wed. morning

As the storm remnants tract southeast, rain chances will also surge across the Carolinas.

  Hurricane Sally: Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, flash flooding along portions of Northern Gulf Coast

Located 115 miles south-southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, Hurricane Sally is producing sustained winds up 85 mph as it crawls west at a mere 2 mph.

Lightning strikes four Mooresville homes, sparks fire during Monday’s storms

Mooresville Fire-Rescue says the first three calls came in “quick succession and only minutes apart."

  First Alert: More downpours to bring risk for flooding

Today is a First Alert Day, with the risk for showers and thunderstorms possible throughout the day. Heavy downpours are possible, which could lead to localized flooding issues, along with the chance for a few strong to severe storms.

Laura bringing damaging winds, heavy downpours to inland Louisiana, the Ozarks

As Laura moves further inland, the storm continues to produce damaging winds and flooding rainfall over central and northern portions of Louisiana.

  Laura makes landfall early Thursday along Louisiana coast

Hurricane Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana near Cameron as a Category 4 storm around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Laura now a hurricane, forecast to rapidly strengthen

The remnants of Laura are forecast to trek through Kentucky and Virginia Friday into Saturday, and it is possible we in the WBTV viewing area could get some gusty winds with an elevated rain risk late Friday into Saturday.

BLOG: Marco and Laura are both aimed at the Louisiana coast

There is a little good news (“good” is all relative in 2020) with our tropical situation. About 24 hours ago, it looked like Louisiana could be hit by two hurricanes in a 48 hour period.

  First Alert: More downpours could lead to flash flooding

As our humidity level stays in the tropical zone our rain chances will remain high today. Much like last week, numerous rounds of showers and storms are likely through this evening, and so localized flash flooding is a concern again.

Tropical Storm Kyle forms, setting new record in 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

This sets a new record to have 11 tropical storms form this early in the Atlantic hurricane season.

  Flash Flood Watch in effect for counties north of Charlotte

There’s not much change in the forecast today…tropical humidity and afternoon heat will lead to more scattered downpours, a trend that will linger into at least the start of the weekend.

  5.1 magnitude earthquake reported in North Carolina, one of largest ever in state

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake that hit near Sparta, North Carolina on Sunday morning, and thousands of people in the Charlotte area felt the remnants of it.

  Isaias: Strong winds, heavy rainfall expected as tropical system races up the Eastern seaboard

Making landfall in southern North Carolina near Ocean Isle Beach around 11:10 Monday night as a category one hurricane, Isaias is now a tropical storm as it races north into Virginia.

  Gov. Cooper declares State of Emergency as North Carolina prepares for Hurricane Isaias

Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency as North Carolina prepares for possible impacts of Hurricane Isaias.

  Growing rip current threat in advance of approaching hurricane Isaias

At mid-morning, Hurricane Isaias was located about 325 miles southeast of Nassau, moving NW at 17 mph.

  Isaias unleashes heavy rain, gusty winds and flash flooding over Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic

At this writing, top winds have increased to near 60 mph and the storm is moving quickly off toward the northwest at 21 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward about 400 miles from the center.

Track changes for Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine

The latest update comes with a few changes. The most notable one is that it brings the storm over the Florida peninsula over the weekend.

  Tropical Storm Warnings up for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Potential Tropical Cyclone Number Nine appears to be on the verge of becoming Tropical Storm Isaias as it moves across the Leeward Islands today.

Hurricane Hunters to investigate strengthening Tropical Cyclone Nine

As of Tuesday morning, the government of the Dominican Republic has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the northern border with Haiti as Potential Tropical Nine inches closer to their island’s coast, according the National Hurricane Center.

  Third day of triple-digit heat indices expected, strong storms possible

For the third day in a row, a Heat Advisory is in effect from noon through 8 p.m. for Mecklenburg County and surrounding counties across the Piedmont. As high temperatures soar to the mid 90s, heat indices will quickly climb to or pass 105° making for another sultry, summer day.

Two tropical disturbances expected to strengthen over next 48 hours

The National Hurricane Center’s forecasters say both tropical waves have the considerable chance of strengthen as they move into warmer waters.

  Heat Advisory: Monday’s afternoon heat indices to surpass 105°

The big story in the weather department to start the week is the high heat and humidity.

  Tropical system off NC coast could mean more rain for beachgoers

Today will be hot and muggy, with high temperatures around 90 degrees for the piedmont, and around 80 degrees for the NC mountains. The heat index, or “feels like” temperature, will approach the upper 90s today.

A comet named NEOWISE might become visible to the naked eye soon

Since sunrise in Alabama is around 5:41AM, it’s recommended that you go to your viewing location 2 hours prior to that.

  First Alert: Wet and unseasonably cool start to week

A First Alert has been issued for today and Tuesday as we’re undergoing a dramatic pattern change!

  First Alert: Late-day storms could pack a little more punch

With a front stationed back to our west and a tap of tropical moisture streaming our way from the Gulf of Mexico high humidity levels will lead to more downpours today though the risk for severe weather late in the day appears to be a little higher today.

  Numerous showers, thunderstorms fire up Friday afternoon

Some of these storm cells could potentially produce abundant of lightning, gusty winds and hail up to an inch in diameter as they trek west to east across the WBTV viewing area into the early evening hours.

Tropical Storm Cristobal continues to have its eye on the Louisiana coast

Tropical Storm Cristobal is currently weakening as it moves over land. Several Mexican states could pick up 10 to 20 inches of rain before the storm heads back out into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday.

Tropical Storm Cristobal soaks Campeche, Mexico

Cristobal became a tropical storm earlier today. Winds are currently sustained at 40mph. The biggest threat right now is heavy rain around Campeche, Mexico.

  Strong storms moving through with potential for severe wind gusts, hail and flash flooding

The unstable atmosphere continues to produce downpours and thunderstorms across the WBTV viewing area through the afternoon and evening hours.

  First Alert: Tropical humidity leads to more downpours

Today will look and feel a lot like yesterday. Mixed clouds and sunshine with tropical humidity levels and warm afternoon readings in the low to mid 80s are forecast today.

  First Alert: Late-day gusty thunderstorms could lead to additional flash flooding, toppled trees

The heavy rain that came by the way of Tropical Storm Bertha is now long gone, and we’ll enjoy some sunshine today with a much warmer and very humid afternoon.

  First Alert: Bertha brings heavy downpours, potential for flash flood through Thursday morning

Heavy tropical downpours and intermittent gusts will spread across the WBTV viewing this evening and into early Thursday morning, with the highest rainfall amounts mainly favoring communities east of the I-77 corridor as the center of the storm moves over Central North Carolinas.

  First Alert: Heavy rain today, severe storms possible Thursday and Friday

A low-pressure system drifting up from the South Carolina Low Country tonight will drift up across the Carolina Piedmont spreading widespread – and potentially heavy – rain back our way.

  First Alert: Foggy start, but a potentially stormy end to Friday

The wet weather is on pause for the first half of the day, but there is a decent chance for the development of scattered storms this afternoon and into the early evening.

At least 3 water rescues, 50 roads flooded in Stanly County as rain moves through

NWS officials say a batch of moderate rain that moved through the area is what flooded about 50 roads across the county,

  First Alert: Flood potential remains as rain chances only gradually fall

It's the fourth straight day of torrential rainfall across the WBTV viewing area, but drier conditions will gradually creep in during the latter half of the day.

  Flash Flood Watch remains in effect with torrential downpours likely

n upper-level storm system – essentially cut off from the rest of the atmospheric weather players – is lumbering over Tennessee today and will only gradually pull away from us as we move into the late-week period.

  First Alert: Chance for torrential rain brings increased concern for flooding

An upper-level storm system – essentially cut off from the rest of the atmospheric weather players – will lumber across the region through at least the late-week period keeping clouds in the sky and rain falling.

  First Alert: Wet weather dominates this week

Rain will move into the mountains by early afternoon and then spread east toward the Piedmont, moving into the Charlotte area late in the day.

  Tropical system developing off South Florida coast likely to become ‘Arthur’

The tropical system off the south Florida coast is likely to become a Tropical Storm or Sub-Tropical Storm “Arthur” on Saturday.

NHC: Tropical disturbance could develop off the coast of the southeastern U.S. this weekend

In its first tropical weather outlook of the year, the National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday it is closely watching a storm system that could become more organized as it parallels the East Coast.

  Charlotte ties record-low temps, with cooler weather on the way

There’s plenty of sunshine in the forecast today, but after a cool start in the 30s and 40s, we’ll fall shy of 70° this afternoon.

  First Alert: Thunderstorms to produce strong winds, heavy rain tonight

A slow-moving squall line with embedded strong to isolated severe thunderstorms will push through the area overnight – creating the potential for damaging wind and an isolated tornado.

  First Alert: Heavier downpours & thunderstorms possible Thursday afternoon, evening

These storms will capable of producing gusty winds and cloud to ground lightning.

  First Alert: Widespread showers with heavy thunderstorms possible

Rain will continue through the midday hours, perhaps even heavy at times, but there’s nothing severe to be concerned about.

  First Alert issued for a stormy Thursday

Late Thursday afternoon into the evening is when we have the best chance for severe storms. Heavy rain, gusty winds and even isolated tornadoes are possible during that time.

  Potentially strong to severe thunderstorms expected Thursday

A First Alert is effect for Thursday as a storm system is expected to bring periods of heavy rain, lightning and potentially damaging winds into the Carolinas.

  BLOG: Severe weather update for Thursday

Lots of uncertainty with this upcoming event.

  Nice Wednesday before another First Alert on Thursday!

There is a First Alert for Thursday as another storm system will plow through the deep south.

  Two tornadoes touched down in Anson County, Raleigh NWS confirms

Two tornadoes touched down in Anson County on Monday morning, the Raleigh National Weather Service has confirmed.

Tornado destroys N.C. hog farm operated by Smithfield Foods

Photos shared with the National Weather Service showed many of the hogs appeared to have survived the ordeal, remaining at the two houses that were destroyed.

  First Alert: Potential for strong to severe storms Sunday night into Monday morning

The Easter and Passover holiday weekend is off to a rather calm and cool start, but it may end a little more eventful.

Super Pink Moon arrives Tuesday night

The Pink Supermoon arrives Tuesday night, providing for a unique view for those interested.

  Winter makes a quick stop back in the North Carolina mountains

It was no April Fools prank when people in the North Carolina Mountains woke up to snow falling across the area.

A look at where our weather may go in April

For the first time since September - and only the second time in the past eight months - we closed the record books on a month with below-average rainfall.

  First Alert: Cold rain today ends warm, dry stretch

Big changes are brewing. Gone is the sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures of late, both replaced by rain and cool readings in the 50s and 60s.