Hang on to your hats, windy wx on tap

RALEIGH

Unusually windy weather will keep it feeling cool.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.

It says sustained wind speeds will peak during the late morning to afternoon hours - ranging from 25-30 miles per hour.

Damaging wind gusts could reach 40-50.

With the ground still soggy from all the snow and rain we've had lately, the wind could cause significant damage to trees which in turn could bring down some power lines.

Progress Energy tells ABC11 Eyewitness News it expects outages, but it doesn't think anything will be widespread.

People in the tree business say they expect Wednesday's gusty winds to bring down trees, especially since the ground is soggy.

The warnings and watches are expected to impact travel across North Carolina as well.

Click here for the current watches and warnings for our area

Cumberland County officials have announced that due to weather part of the Ann Street Landfill will be closed to all traffic Wednesday. That section of the landfill is for garbage only. It is expected to be open on Thursday, weather permitting.

Flooding also a concern

All the rain is also causing flooding in some areas.

The Cape Fear River in Fayetteville was just under three feet above flood stage Tuesday morning. There were flood warnings for Cumberland, Edgecombe, Nash and Wayne Counties Tuesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring water levels at Falls Lake.

Currently, the lake is about eight feet higher than normal.

Officials plan to gradually increase the discharge rate up to 3,000 cubic feet per second, up from the current 500. But they won't do that until they see how the rain impacts Neuse River levels.

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