First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms expected to clear the coast after midnight
Damaging wind gusts to 60 mph and an isolated tornado threat is possible with some storms
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Tornado Warning was in effect for western Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Martin and Pitt counties from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. The storms were moving at 50-55 mph to the northeast. More of these cells are possible through the next several hours.
Evening/Night (6:00 PM - 11:00PM)
Sharp southeasterly winds at the surface flowing against an approaching cold front will serve as a lifting mechanism for numerous showers and thunderstorms to develop. The concern for severe weather increases due to strong southwesterly upper-level winds. Intersecting winds at different speeds and height, increases the potential for strong damaging winds and isolated tornadoes across Eastern NC. Isolated discrete supercell thunderstorms may develop out ahead of the main line.
As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has outlined portions of Eastern NC along Highway 264 and westward under a Marginal (Level 1) risk of severe weather. Areas within this risk will have a chance at seeing gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall. Areas along and east of Highway 17 are under a Level 2 (Slight Risk) of severe weather. Within the slight risk, atmospheric conditions support the risk of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Despite the risk, be sure to download the WITN First Alert Weather for the latest up to the minute radar updates and be notified of any watch or warning
Overall regardless of inclement weather, damaging winds remain a primary concern throughout much of Wednesday. A localized tornado threat cannot ruled out.
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