There were several funnel clouds and a few tornadoes that skipped across eastern North Carolina on Friday afternoon. The storm system and accompanying cold front responsible for the severe weather is still across the Midwest. The cold front will reach western North Carolina by late Saturday with strong to severe thunderstorms likely to develop across the Piedmont late in the day or evening. A few strong storms could reach eastern North Carolina late in the day but severe weather is more likely to occur Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Saturday, March 28 is the 25th anniversary of the major tornado that hit eastern North Carolina in 1984. Over 40 persons were killed in the storm with over 1,500 injured. The storm cut a path from near Red Springs in southern North Carolina to Elizabeth City in the northeast. Many counties across our area were hit and several suffered significant damage. Although such storms are rare for us it is a good reminder as to what can happen this time of year. Late March, April and May are considered the most likely time of the year for severe weather and we got a taste of it on Friday. It is always good to have a weather radio, especially at night when television and computers are off. The weather radio is set to give an alarm if severe weather threatens your area. They can be found in a local store in most communities. Let's hope the severe weather season is calm but it is important to be ready just in case.