Storms could build in severity through Monday night

Posted April 5, 2014
Updated April 7, 2014

— The eastern half of North Carolina is under an elevated risk for severe weather Monday night, with the small chance for damaging wind gusts, localized flooding and isolated tornadoes, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Although most of the Triangle was only seeing spotty showers as the evening rush hour began, the rain and storm intensity will pick back up through the evening, Fishel said.

"Overall, the threat is not that grand," said WRAL meterologist Mike Maze. "But I don't want to rule anything out."

A low-pressure system moved in from the south and west, where it prompted tornado watches and warnings Sunday night. The system is packing plenty of precipitation, and more than 2 inches of rain had fallen across the region by noon Monday.

In Warrenton, authorities were investigating reports of downed trees and power lines after high winds blew through right before noon, but no damage was confirmed.

An afternoon break in the clouds will be followed by increasing rain through the evening, with the chance for some of those thunderstorms to become severe.

The greatest threat comes for communities to the south and east of Raleigh, Fishel said. The National Weather Service posted a tornado watch – indicating conditions were ripe for a tornado to form – for a clump of counties along the southeastern coast of North Carolina.

The chance for dangerous, high winds persists through the night, but it will be followed by a gradual clearing Tuesday.

Temperatures will stay in the high 60s and low 70s for most of the week with expected highs in the mid-70s next weekend.


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  • janeccwilson Apr 7, 2014

    Huge pines were snapped into and down in Warrenton at the golf course. Utility crews were restoring a downed power line when I drove by at 3:30 this afternoon. The authorities were wrong!

  • rduwxboy Apr 7, 2014

    I agree with you theyoftendontpostmycommentshere about showing counties on the map like other news stations do. I notice WRAL rarely shows counties on their maps like this, leaving viewers/readers guessing.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 7, 2014

    Tornado in (Pantego, North Caroilna) Beaufort County not reported here yet has caused damage to homes, etc.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 7, 2014

    I wish they'd show the county lines where the yellow and green are. The yellow and green alone are kinda useless without those.
    Still, prayers for all those in the path and aftermath of these storms, especially those who have already suffered loss and destruction.
    Boy, Mother Nature either sends us nothing - or ferocious tornadic gully-washers. What's with THAT Mother Nature?

  • Boogalooboy Apr 7, 2014

    thought it was reported for the eastern part of the state earlier... Durham West was suppose to be good...?? is there a change

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 7, 2014

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    Can't wait!!

  • rduwxboy Apr 7, 2014

    Once the warm front comes up from the south and we get in the warm sector the temps will rise and there could be some high downdraft winds before the cold front comes through.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 7, 2014

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    Too late. I heard thunder an hour ago here in Raleigh.

  • t0rnadochaser Apr 7, 2014

    Good thing is the radar shows the storms have lined up down south with not much room of clearing ahead of the whole system is becoming a washout. This should keep instability down and hopefully we can escape this system without even a rumble of thunder, let alone a tornado.

  • Mark Hubbard Apr 7, 2014
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    Ah...sorry folks...I still had it on Independence VA which is where I was yesterday :) I am still so sore and cranky from 12 miles of hiking I can't do simple things