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FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Severe Thunderstorm Watch extended until 11pm for Coastal NC

Storms should clear the coast before midnight
Graphical representation of severe weather threats Eastern NC will experience Monday (5-16-22)
Graphical representation of severe weather threats Eastern NC will experience Monday (5-16-22)(WITN Weather)
Published: May. 15, 2022 at 8:12 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2022 at 10:16 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Storm Reports: A trained spotter in New Bern reported a tornado this evening. The spotter reported power flashes and debris in the air. Local law enforcement are not reporting any significant structural issues in New Bern. Duke Energy reports via the National Weather Service, 1221 customers without power in Western New Bern and Trent Woods.

A farm building was blown over a few miles south of Gardnerville near the Pitt/Craven County line. Metal roofing was displaced and trees were blown down in Pinetown. A tree blew onto the roof of a mobile home in Jamesville. Ten to 12 power poles were blown over in the Plymouth area. Quarter size hail was reported near Ernul in Craven County. A flag pole was bent and pea size hail was reported in Vanceboro in Craven County. A trampoline was blown into a vehicle in Greene County. First Alert Radar showed hail in Pactolus in Pitt County. More than 250 power customers were without power in Grifton in Pitt County.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11pm for Coastal North Carolina except Carteret County. Brief strong wind gusts at the onset of the storms and a few pockets of small hail are the primary threats.

Once the cold front passes the area late this evening, skies will clear from west and east. Lows will dip to the lower 60s. Election day Tuesday will be a beautiful May day with sunshine and highs in the low to mid 80s with slightly less humidity in the air.

The nice weather will last into Wednesday, however high temperatures will begin to rise. Expect mid 80s Wednesday with low 90s Thursday. A few isolated late day storms are possible Thursday. Friday and Saturday will likely be the hottest days in our 8 day forecast with mid 90s the rule for ENC.

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