Severe Storms Move Through Area Tuesday

Eastern North Carolina saw another round of severe weather on Tuesday afternoon and evening. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms developed across the western portion of the state during the early afternoon and reached the coast by evening. There were numerous reports of quarter inch size hail with a few reports, most notably near Havelock, where golf ball size hail occurred. Brief heavy rainfall and gusty winds accompanied the storms as they moved rapidly through Eastern North Carolina. By late in the evening the storms were moving offshore and pleasant conditions are expected to return on Wednesday. A tornado watch was issued late in the day and there was a tornado warning briefly in effect for portions of Lenoir, Craven and Jones counties during the evening. The tornado watch was canceled for much of the area by 9:30 pm. A funnel cloud was reported just west of Kinston around 8:00 pm but there were no reports of a tornado.

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