Severe Weather Expected For North Carolina Tonight

Henrietta Brewer
April 6, 2017

"The National Weather Service will conduct a storm survey to determine whether or not a tornado caused the damage, and if so, the rating".

One school district, the Currituck County Schools, already plans to be closed Thursday because of the severe weather.

Damaging winds outlook: probability of damaging thunderstorm winds or wind gusts of 50 knots or higher within 25 miles of a point.

"An isolated severe thunderstorm is possible later this afternoon, however most of the severe weather is expected this evening into the overnight period", according to Pfaff's bulletin.

Storms will explode on radar late this afternoon near a warm front moving through the Southern Indiana and Louisville area, according to newsgathering partner WAVE 3 News. It will be a long event, and it could include hail up to the size of baseballs, damaging straight line winds and destructive and long-track tornadoes. A few thunderstorms this morning may become severe with large hail. "Just understand all of Alabama will have a significant severe weather risk tomorrow".

Update 9:32 a.m.: A tornado watch is in effect for 33 counties across Alabama including Lee, Russell, Chambers, Macon and Tallapoosa counties until noon.

The agency had tornado watches, which means that conditions are favorable for severe weather, for a broad area stretching from the Florida Panhandle up into Indiana.

The meteorologist said the storm team is collecting data as it comes in and is watching the storm in hopes of deciding how "strong" the tornado threat is.

Jack Cullen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile, indicated the storms would begin near the coast and then move inward and east in the afternoon.

Tornado- With such an energetic and unstable atmosphere in place, the tornado risk continues to increase. "Storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts between 50-70 miles per hour, large hail, an isolated tornado and even flooding with 1.5" of rain possible.

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