Storms Move Out Of Eastern Carolina

A tornado watch for Eastern Carolina was cancelled just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The storms that plagued Eastern Carolina for most of Wednesday are out to sea.

The region was hit with heavy rains, high winds, lightning and a tornado.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Carteret County north of Beaufort. While several buildings, trees, and power lines are damaged, no injuries are reported. Winds are estimated to have reached 90mph with a tornado path 100 yards wide. The length of the tornado path is one quarter of a mile.

Temperatures will dip to the low 50s for the remainder of the week under mostly sunny skies. The next chance of rain is Saturday.

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Previous Update:

At 7:45 am moderate rain was overspreading all of Eastern Carolina with rumbles of thunder along the Crystal Coast. Severe weather is still expected to hold off until midday into the afternoon.

A powerful storm system moving through the south will threaten Eastern Carolina with severe weather through the late morning and afternoon hours on Wednesday. The biggest threat with this system will be the winds. At times, 60+ mph winds will be possible and in some instances a tornado. Lightning and heavy rain will also accompany any thunderstorm.

11am-5pm inland
11am-7pm along the coast

Strong Winds, 60+ mph
Isolated Tornado
Hailstones up to 1" diameter

It is likely a severe thunderstorm warning will be issued for some of the counties in eastern Carolina Wednesday afternoon. An isolated tornado warning will be possible as well.

Already, this complex has caused tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings to be issued through parts of Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. There were over 30 tornado reports across the Gulf coast region on Christmas Day.

The threat will diminish from west to east as the sun sets.

Despite the calendar reading the end of December, North Carolina is prone to severe weather outbreaks during the winter months. Be sure to stay weather aware starting this evening.

We'll keep you updated here on and on WITN.