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As rain moves in, severe weather threat diminishes

Posted January 22

— The threat for severe weather became almost insignificant Sunday night as the storms that moved through North Carolina were weaker than expected.

Although meteorologists originally anticipated that severe storms and possible tornados could close out the weekend, the system that moved in only brought light showers to the Triangle and pockets of heavy rain to the south.

"All of the real severe weather has been down to our south where they have been hit hard today," said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.

States south of North Carolina including portions of Georgia, Florida and Alabama remain areas of "high risk" throughout Sunday afternoon, where 15 people have died as a result of the storms.

Wilmoth said that the potential for a few severe thunderstorms still lingers though the overnight hours.

"I wouldn't be surprised to have a thunderstorm, but we're not expecting anything severe," Wilmoth said.

The risk of rain will continue Monday, when a low frontal system moves through. Periods of rain will be possible Monday afternoon, Wilmoth said, but severe weather is unlikely.

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