Little in the way of severe weather came Scotland County’s way on Tuesday afternoon, despite the hazardous weather warning issued for central North Carolina on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service issued the warning, effective until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, for the possibility of damaging winds or an isolated tornado, but Tuesday’s rain remained relatively mild in Scotland County, and county EMS received no reports of weather-related injuries.
“We just kind of hunker down and watch the weather,” said Mike Edge, Scotland County EMS assistant director. “It isn’t something that happens every year - we just happened to be in the path of where the most severe weather was going to be.”
Areas covered by the tornado watch included Moore, Lee, Harnett, Wayne, Richmond, Hoke, Cumberland, Person, Granville, Vance, Warren, Halifax, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Franklin, Nash, Edgecombe, Chatham, Wake, Johnston, Wilson, and Sampson counties.
Edge added that, in the event that severe weather does touch down, the National Weather Service stays in contact with emergency services so that they can be prepared to assist where needed.
“We usually have a weather briefing from the National Weather Service on Monday mornings which pretty much will tell us what’s going on for the week,” Edge said. “But when something pops up like that, if need be or if there was a tornado on the ground, a lot of times they will issue a conference call.”
The Red Cross of Scotland County issued an advisory for the day with a tornado safety checklist and a few things families should do before the next tornado season rolls around, like creating a home tornado plan and assembling an emergency preparedness kit. In the event of a tornado warning, the organization advised that mobile homes and cars be abandoned in favor of solid buildings and low-lying areas.
In August, two tornadoes were reported in North Carolina, according to the National Climactic Data Center.