Tornado Watch Over, Gusty Winds Remain, Get Your Coats Out

A tornado watch for Eastern Carolina has ended.

Gusty winds are expected through 4:45 p.m.

Sustained westerly and northwesterly winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with a few gusts up to 45 miles per hour will be possible. The front should be off the coast through 5:00 p.m.

Forecasters says winds of this magnitude can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. A few downed trees are also possible.

Once the front settles in, it is going to get cold in Eastern Carolina. Temperatures are expected to drop to around freezing Tuesday night. Freeze watches or warnings may eventually be needed.

The National Weather Service held the tornado watch for Carteret, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, Tyrrell and Washington counties until 3:00 p.m. but allowed the watch to expire at 3:00 p.m.

A tornado watch for Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, Craven, Gates, Hertford, Jones, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties was lifted at 1:30 p.m. Other counties to the west already were removed from the watch area as the front pushed eastward.

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  • by lyn Location: Chocowinity on Apr 6, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    Students thought it was a drill. When they realized it was the real deal they complied, some cried.Thanks for you promptness with the weather.
  • by Angela Location: Kilkenny on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    It has been said a tornado touch down in Tyrrell CO. Anyone know where.
  • by W Location: Bertie on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    Have heard deputy say a tornado touched down near Aulander..... checking for damage now.
  • by Mary Location: NC on Apr 6, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    I live in Pamlico, seems like there could be a watch here very soon, if there isn't one yet.

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