More severe weather, tornadoes possible in NC

Posted April 27, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014

Severe Weather Alerts - DMA

— A powerful storm front blamed for spawning deadly tornadoes Sunday in the central United States could bring severe weather and the threat of more tornadoes to North Carolina this week.

The National Weather Service said there is an elevated risk for severe weather  late Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night in the central part of the state. Severe storms with hail, damaging wind and isolated tornadoes are possible.

"We have cloudy skies in the forecast all the way until Sunday – that could be our next sunny day," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "But more importantly, we have the threat for severe weather."

The chances for bad weather are slim  Monday, she said, but increase Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We may even get into a flooding threat by Thursday because of all this rain," Gardner said. "We're talking 2 to 3 inches of rain."

The storm system is responsible for killing 16 people in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma and causing damage in several Midwest states.

Funnel clouds also touched down northwest of Joplin, Mo., and in Nebraska, and a tornado reportedly caused damage in southeast Kansas.

Tornado warnings and watches were in effect for much of the region Sunday night.

The threat to North Carolina comes just two days after at least eight tornadoes touched down in eastern North Carolina, killing at least one person – an 11-month-old boy who died Sunday morning from injuries he received during Friday's storms.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 28, 2014

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    No matter where one lives, there always something you know. No place is ever perfect or has ideal perfect weather or natural conditions.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 28, 2014

    Prayers for all in their paths, including those who have already experienced loss, especially of a loved one.

  • immortalityinmotion Apr 28, 2014

    So when do we think we're going to actually be having some of the rough weather come through?

  • Billy the Kid Apr 28, 2014

    NC weather: One more negative thing about NC.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 28, 2014

    Most likely these storms are going to come up from the southwest on Wednesday. With plenty of gulf moisture, cold front proximity as a lifting mechanism and changes in wind direction with height, we could certainly see some tornado warnings issued with these cells.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Apr 28, 2014

    Obamacare Returns Again: I don't know what is making my eyes swell or causing me to sneeze. I think it's a combination of the brime AND pollen. Anyone have an idea on some relief? I've scattered my brime on the yard and man, is it green!

  • Itsmyopinion67 Apr 28, 2014

    Stay safe!

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 28, 2014

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    Got room for one more in there? :)

  • Lori Duke Apr 28, 2014
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    I hate storms. I hate being so scared and worried about what's coming. I've lived by myself for a long time and nothing bothers me except for storms. I wish the system would dissipate when it comes across our mountains, but it's not looking like it will. Weather is unpredictable though, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

  • simplelogic Apr 28, 2014

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    The central Carolinas aren't called "little tornado alley" for no reason. The mountains may weaken the systems, but they seem able to re-group about the time they reach the Triangle, and this one is moving pretty slow. Obamacare, I'll be two steps from the tornado shelter I had installed in my garage a couple of years ago.