Storms Strike

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A potential severe weather event was realized across the region and across much of the Tarheel State on Monday as a relatively strong cold front and upper level trough swept east across the area. While there was some concern that strong wind speed shear with height and intense instability might lead to tornado formation in a few spots, especially over eastern North Carolina, the event turned out be principally a moderate to large hail and strong downburst wind episode, with numerous reports (map below) of trees down and spotty property damage from winds. There was also hail that ranged from pea and dime size in a numver of spots, to some isolated reports of hail as large as 1.75 inches in diameter, and finally some much needed rainfall, although amounts mainly ranged in the one tenth to one half inch range. There were some lucky spots that managed more like three quarters to one inch, including the RDU airport and Elizabeth City.

Ellen Wilson in Stedman sent in these photos of hail that began to cover the ground in her area.

Thanks Ellen!
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