Residents urged to brace for possibility of damaging winds, hail & flash floods

Monday, June 26, 2023 - 4:44pm

Wake County is one of several counties in central NC under a Level 3, or enhanced, risk for severe thunderstorms later today and tonight. According to the National Weather Service, the storms could bring damaging wind gusts up to 80 mph, large hail, and lightning.

Central NC is also under a Level 2 slight risk for excessive rainfall which could bring flooding especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas. Monday evening is expected to be the period that is most impactful for much of the area with the storms lasting through midnight.


Be a Good Neighbor

In anticipation of tonight’s weather event, residents are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Tie down or bring indoors any objects that might be blown around by strong winds (outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, display racks, signs and any other loose objects that are normally left outside).

  • Secure all items that cannot be brought inside, including rollout trash and recycling carts.

  • Help prevent flooding by clearing debris from storm drains along your streets.


Reporting Downed Trees

If you encounter fallen trees 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. To report downed trees, visit or call 919-554-6150.

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


Reporting Power Outages

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.


Street 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


Stay Informed

Town facilities will operate on a normal schedule unless announced otherwise. To stay informed residents can: