At least 18 people died Thursday as tornadoes churned through parts of Alabama. At least 15 of the victims were in a high school near the town of Enterprise. Meanwhile, a 7-year-old girl died when a tornado struck her mobile home in Missouri Thursday. Four of her family members were injured.
That same system that swept through the midwest and deep south is moving through Eastern Carolina this morning.
The main threat will be damaging winds and possibly an isolated tornado. Heavy rains will also be pelting the region.
The Outer Banks portions of Dare and Hyde counties are under a wind advisory through 1 p.m. Friday.
Minor soundside flooding is possible late Thursday and early Friday for Dare, Hyde, Pamlico and Carteret counties.
Gale warnings are also in effect for the coastal waters from Currituck Beach to Surf City, as well as the Pamlico Sound. A small craft advisory is in effect for the Albemarle Sound.
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