Severe weather possible across Outer Banks overnight

By on April 15, 2018

Radar simulation. (Twitter/NWSMoreheadCity)

A strong cold front moving across North Carolina on Sunday spawned tornadoes that have killed at least one person in the Greensboro area. Severe thunderstorms are expected during the overnight hours in the eastern third of the state.

A tornado watch was in effect for inland sections of eastern North Carolina until 3 a.m.

The main threat from the storms expected after midnight will be damaging winds, torrential rain and possibly an isolated tornado, according to the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City.

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“Would not be surprised to see widespread one-inch rainfall totals with a few localized spots of two inches
possible tonight,” according to the forecast discussion issued Sunday morning by the weather office.

Once the front clears the region, expect sunny skies and drier conditions, but temperatures will be quite a bit cooler with readings in the 60s for highs and gusty west-southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph making it feel a bit on the brisk side.

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A warm-up is expected midweek, before another front comes through on Friday, bringing cooler temperatures for the weekend.

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