Severe Weather Updates

Severe WeatherThis page provides the latest information on Town of Wake Forest operations during severe weather. Announcements about town services are also provided in Town news releases and E-Alerts, through the Town app, and on Facebook.

Please bookmark this page, then during severe weather events check it often for updates as schedules are subject to change.


Hurricane Ian Update
Posted Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 ~ 1:25 p.m.


For the most part, Town facilities, operations, and programs remain on schedule. Town Hall is open today and operating according to the normal schedule (8 a.m.-4 p.m.).

However, Joyner Park Community Center (JPCC), Flaherty Park Community Center (FPCC) and Alston-Massenburg Center (AMC) will close today at 5 p.m. All are expected to operate tomorrow according to the normal Saturday schedule (8 a.m.-Noon). 


As weather deteriorates, greenways may become blocked by downed trees, while those in low-lying areas may flood. Residents are encouraged to avoid using the greenways during and immediately after the storm.


Motorists are reminded to treat non-working signalized intersections as four-way stops; report traffic signal outages and downed trees by calling 919-554-6150.


Saturday's Community Celebration of the Arts Canceled as Wake Forest Braces for Hurricane Ian 
Posted Wednesday, Sept. 28 ~ 3:15 p.m.

Saturday’s Community Celebration of the Arts has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather posed by Hurricane Ian.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh expects rain to begin Friday morning in N.C., but the heaviest rain will fall Friday night and all day Saturday. Most models call for 2 to 6 inches of rain and could result in localized flash flooding of streams, creeks, urban areas, and other low-lying areas. Wind gusts of 25-35 mph are likely across our area Friday and Saturday. These gusts and saturated soils could lead to downed trees and isolated power outages. Showers and thunderstorms will likely continue into Sunday and possibly Monday.

There is still some uncertainty in the actual path the storm will take over NC, so there is a possibility that our rainfall amounts may change. Read More>>


Community Celebration of the Arts canceled
Posted Wednesday, Sept. 28 ~ 1:30 p.m.

The October 1 Community Celebration of the Arts has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather posed by Hurricane Ian.

The Public Art Commission, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, and ARTS Wake Forest – co-sponsors of the event - attempted to reschedule the celebration but were unable to settle on a date suitable for the various participants.

Despite this year’s cancellation, organizers have already scheduled the 2023 Community Celebration of the Arts for Saturday, Oct. 7. 


Street Flooding HazardsStreet Flooding Hazards

The following Wake Forest-area streets are prone to flooding and should be approached cautiously during significant rainfall events:

  • Durham Road/NC-98, Richland Creek

  • East Juniper Avenue near North Allen Road

  • East Juniper Avenue near North White Street

  • Forestville Road, Toms Creek

  • Forestville Road, Sanford Creek

  • Harris Road, Richland Creek

  • Heritage Heights Lane, 1300 Block

  • Jenkins Road, Horse Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Smith Creek

  • Ligon Mill Road, Toms Creek

  • North Main Street, Walnut Avenue to Cedar Avenue

  • North White Street, Juniper Street to Flaherty Avenue

  • Oak Grove Church Road, Dunn Creek

  • Purnell Road at Jackson Road, Horse Creek

  • Purnell Road, Mud Branch

  • Rogers Road, Sanford Creek

  • Rogers Road, Smith Creek

  • West Oak Avenue, Richland Creek

  • Wait Avenue, Dunn Creek

  • Wall Road, Wallridge Drive to Harris Road

  • Watkins Farm Road at Young Street

Important Reminders

Residents are reminded not to call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Similarly, residents should not report flooded road conditions via SeeClickFix. All non-emergency calls, including reports of hazardous road conditions and immediate needs for service, should be placed to 919-554-6150.

Stay Informed 

In the event severe weather occurs, the Town issues regular updates through a variety of means. To stay informed residents are urged to:

 If Your Power Goes Out

  • To report power outages:

    • Wake Forest Power customers call 919-761-7899;

    • Wake Electric customers call 919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155;

    • Duke Energy Progress customers call 800-419-6356.

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food usually stays frozen about 48 hours. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

  • Do not connect a generator directly to your home's electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers. Follow manufacturer's directions regarding connecting appliances directly to your generator.

  • Restoring power after a storm can be challenging, as travel conditions are poor. Before power can be restored, crews first assess damage and determine which crews, equipment and supplies will be needed to make repairs. Because of this, customers may see damage assessors patrolling their neighborhoods before crews arrive to begin work.

  • Crews prioritize work to ensure the largest number of customers are restored as quickly as possible. Essential services, such as hospitals and emergency response facilities, are the first priority.

  • If you lose power, turn off as many appliances and electronics as possible. This helps with restoration efforts because it reduces the immediate demand on power lines when power is restored.

  • Once your power is restored, please wait a few minutes before turning your equipment back on.

Reporting Downed Trees

To report downed trees, visit our Report a Problem web page or call 919-435-9570.

If you encounter trees downed during storms on roads, sidewalks or other public areas, contact the Town rather than trying to handle them on your own. In addition to being heavy and difficult to manage, trees and limbs often come into contact with dangerous, live electrical wires which can cause serious injury or death.

Please do not call 911 unless there is an emergency posing an immediate threat to life, health, or property.

Frozen Pipes 

During periods of extremely cold weather, the Town of Wake Forest and Raleigh Water (formerly City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department) often field calls from customers reporting broken water pipes. When pipes break between the water meter and the home or within the home, the customer is responsible for repairs. Since Raleigh Water operates and maintains Wake Forest's water system, it is responsible for repairing any damage to pipes between the water main under the street and the meter, or in the main itself, which rarely happens since water runs continuously in the mains. 

For more information, call Raleigh Water on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 919-996-4540. On nights and weekends, call 919-829-1930.  

Here are some tips to help keep pipes from freezing:

  • Have regular pipe maintenance done - at least once year.

  • Regularly change filters around the house.

  • Drip a faucet so pipes don't burst. (Drip only one faucet in the house. Choose one close to an exterior wall so pipes don't freeze)

  • Open cabinet doors where pipes are so they can feel the heat from the home.

  • Turn off the outdoor sprinkler system.

  • Detach the water hose from the outdoor faucet.

Severe Weather Updates
Communications & Public Affairs Director
Reporting Power Outages

Wake Forest Power

Duke Energy Progress

Wake Electric
919-863-6499 or 800-743-3155