There were several warnings late Tuesday night into Wednesday early morning. Some damage, power outages and some injuries were reported in coastal counties, with possible tornadoes in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Ocracoke.
The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-2 tornado struck Atlantic Beach around 10:15 p.m., with winds between 111 and 135 miles per hour.
Two people were transported to the hospital from a condominium building that lost its roof in the storm in Atlantic Beach. Their injuries are described as minor.
Colder air will overspread the area during the afternoon hours with temps falling into the mid 40s. The rain will continue through the early afternoon, lifting north of the area after lunchtime Wednesday. There is no severe weather threat for the rest of the day and most locations will receive less than .1" of rain through Thanksgiving Thursday.
Sunshine returns for Thanksgiving but the colder air will stick around through the holiday with highs tomorrow in the low to mid 40s.
A strong system is moving from the Gulf Coast through the Southeastern U.S. and is causing rain over Eastern Carolina, along with the threat of strong winds and an isolated tornado.
The forecast calls for rain into Wednesday morning. One to two inches of total rainfall will be likely, with locally heavier amounts.
Gusty winds will blow from the south along with heavy rainfall overnight. A wind advisory continues for Dare, Hyde and Carteret counties until 11 am Wednesday, while lasting until 5 pm for Carteret County, Outer Banks Hyde and Outer Banks Dare counties. Winds will blow out of the south at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.
With the storm is tracking just to our west early Wednesday, we may hear a rumble of thunder out there during the overnight hours with a chance from strong to severe storms, especially near the coast. Eastern North Carolina is in a slight risk for a severe storm from through sunrise Wednesday. There will be a slight risk of a tornado forming generally east of highway 17.
The storm will move well north of eastern Carolina by Wednesday evening. Behind the storm, sunshine will return for Thanksgiving with sunny skies and much colder air moving in. Turkey day highs will likely only reach the mid 40s.