WFMY -- The Triad is preparing for severe weather Wednesday evening with potentially damaging wind gusts up to 45 mph.
WFMY News 2 sent crews to Burlington, Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem to track the weather.
Liz Crawford's report from Burlington:
Burlington was quiet for the most part, but around 5 pm winds began to pick up and dark clouds moved overhead. Emergency directors from Alamance County and the City of Burlington have been working closely together all day. They have kept emergency crews updated on the storm's progress.
Philip Jones' report from Greensboro:
On I-40 West near Sandy Ridge Rd., the NC DOT was using its electronic message boards to let folks know about the strong winds associated with this front. When the wind speeds increase, your speed needs to decrease.
Faith Abubey's report from High Point:
Wind gusts in High Point are supposed to be close to 30 mph, but that's not what's happening shortly after 5 pm. It's more like a strong breeze, which is what has been happening all day in High Point.
Emergency crews have been monitoring conditions all day. They are concerned about large trucks swerving in high winds during evening commuting hours.
Experts say if you see a tornado, get out of your car and hide in a low-lying area or a building.
Mark Geary's report from Winston-Salem:
People in Winston-Salem are preparing for the storm to move through. Duke Energy crews are on standby and ready to respond as soon as they are needed. In addition, the city of Winston-Salem has about 50 crew members ready to react to downed trees and storm damage. Local firefighters also tell WFMY News 2 they have their gear ready to go if there are any emergencies.
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