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As Tropical Storm Isaias gets closer, Wilson County is now under a tropical storm warning. The National Weather Service says to expect heavy rain and tropical storm force winds in our area this evening through Tuesday morning. We are also under a flash flood watch, starting at 2 p.m. today.
Officials say flooding and power outages are the biggest threats from the storm. Forecasters say Wilson could see 4 to 6 inches of rain, and potential wind speeds as high as 50 to 60 mph, which are strong enough to knock down trees and power lines.
The worst part of the storm is expected to hit Wilson between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, with the height of the storm between midnight and 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
City crews are prepared for road closures and will work with police to barricade streets as needed. All other equipment is also ready to deploy, according to Rebecca Agner, the city of Wilson’s communications and marketing director.
Agner said the city is adjusting staffing levels since the storm will most likely hit in the middle of the night.
“Crews will be ready to respond as long as conditions are safe,” she said.