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11:30 a.m. NWS briefing: Dorian makes few changes

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RALEIGH—The 11:30 a.m. briefing from the National Weather Service reported few changes in the progress of Hurricane Dorian.

Johnston County still remains under a tropical storm warning, flash flood watch and tornado watch.

There is the potential for tropical storm strength for Triangle East regon of wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph, resulting in downed trees and power-lines.

The main threat, according the weather service is  east of the US-1 Corridor, with the strongest winds east of I-95.

Dorian’s impact should be felt beginning 2 p.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday morning.  The strongest wind gusts after midnight.

Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches, with isolated higher amounts, east of I-95 and 1-4 inches between US-1 and I-95. The briefing state heavy rainfall of this amount could result in flash flooding.

Highest rainfall amounts will be east of I-95 at 5 p.m. lingering through 12 p.m. Friday.

There is an elevated risk for isolated tornadoes east of I-95 Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning.

The weather service said the greatest threat level is for rainfall and flooding, followed by wind and tornadoes.

Wind for Johnston County, through Friday at 9 a.m., will range from 39 to 57 mph. The greatest impacts are expected east of I-95, with scattered to numerous downed trees and power-lines.

Wind gusts will be lower north and west of I-95, with isolated to scattered downed trees and power lines possible. The strongest wind gusts are expected tonight after midnight.

Rainfall for Johnston County is projected by the weather service at 3-4 inches.  There is a moderate to high risk of flash flooding along and

east of I-95.

Localized and isolated flooding is possible, especially in urban areas, north and west of I-95, including the Triangle. The flooding rain threat is greatest between 5 p.m. Thurdsay through 12 p.m. Friday.

The threat for isolated tornadoes is from this afternoon through 4 am Friday, mainly east of I-95.

The next National Weather Service briefing is 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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