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Impacts of Severe Weather

Impacts to Raleigh

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Weather Update

There is the potential for severe weather in the Raleigh area on Thursday, July 8. The weather could bring heavy rain, high winds, flooding, and isolated tornadoes to parts of Central North Carolina.

For more up-to-date information, please visit the National Weather Service site.

City Department Updates - Cancellations, Closures, and Notices

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources:

Updated Thursday, July 8, 2 p.m.

  • Outdoor Seasonal Pools:

    Due to inclement weather, the outdoor seasonal pools (Biltmore Pool, Lake Johnson Pool, Longview Pool, and Ridge Road Pool) are closed on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The outdoor seasonal pools will resume normal operating hours on Friday, July 9, 2021.

    View Parks Status Alerts

  • Field Status:

    Field status for July 8, is Code Red, which indicates all fields are closed.

    Please check the weather line for status updates throughout the day: 919-996-6575.

    Coaches and or team managers, any changes in field status beyond this point will be communicated to you through your league administrator.

    Field status is updated daily around 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and around 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Greenway Trails:

    Due to inclement weather, the Capital Area Greenway System could be flooded in multiple areas. Use caution and do not attempt to cross floodwaters covering any section of the Capital Area Greenway System.

    Read more on Greenway Flooding

Solid Waste Services - Yard Waste Center:

Updated Thursday, July 8, 3 p.m.

  • The Yard Waste Center is closed Thursday, July 8, due to flooding. The Center will reopen as scheduled on Friday as long as the water recedes.

Tracking With Stormwater

The Stormwater Management Division is monitoring weather conditions across the city. Monitoring helps us plan for the storm, which can bring intense rain in a short period of time. This is especially helpful since we can’t prevent flooding – we can do as much as possible to prepare and reduce impacts.

Flood Monitoring Tools

  • Stream gauges that track how high water gets in creeks. This helps us see how close water is to the road.  
  • Cameras allow us to see road flooding in real-time. We notify first responders to check or barricade the area when water reaches the road.
  • Yellow flood warning signs flash when water reaches the road. Use caution when you see these signs flashing.  
  • Safely lower water levels at Lake Johnson before a storm to reduce flooding impacts downstream. We’ve lowered the water levels one foot per day to prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa.  

Track Storms with Us


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What do I need in an emergency? 

The City is helping residents be connected, prepared, and informed about natural disasters and other emergencies. The City has put together the Ready Raleigh Emergency Preparedness Guide to promote resilience to emergencies at the household and community level. 

The Preparedness Guide has a dynamic table-of-contents. Clicking on a topic in the table will take you to the related content within the document.

Other preparedness resources are listed below in the blue box. 

Ready Raleigh Emergency Preparedness Guide:


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Ways to Stay Informed:

Sign up for alerts with MyRaleigh Subscriptions. This Service from the City will be able to provide citizens with better service and access to relevant, critical information by proactively delivering new information through email and wireless alerts.

The City of Raleigh will also be updating its Twitter feed: @RaleighGov. This feed features links to any news releases and alerts issued by the City of Raleigh.