Scattered bands of storms, showers roll through N.C.

Posted May 16, 2008 5:14 p.m. EDT
Updated May 16, 2008 10:24 p.m. EDT

— Bands of scattered thunderstorms and strong showers moved across central and eastern North Carolina late Friday afternoon and into the evening.

A line moved east across Wake County and over Johnston, Wilson and Edgecombe counties Friday evening. Gusty winds of up to 40 or 50 mph accompanied its storms.

Earlier, severe thunderstorms rolled across Franklin, Vance and Warren counties. Chapel Hill's Horace Williams Airport recorded a quarter-inch of rain between 4 and 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous-weather outlook for WRAL's viewing area for the remainder of Friday.

A cold front moving southeast was expected to bring a slight risk of severe thunderstorms, with the greatest likelihood of storms across the Sandhills and the coastal plain.

The main threat from the storms would be damaging wind gusts of up to 65 mph, as well as large hail and possibly an isolated tornado.

The wettest areas could get up to a half-inch of rain, forecasters said.

The hazardous-weather outlook did not extend into Saturday. Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the state can expect a clear day with mostly sunny skies, breezes, temperatures in the upper 70s and lower humidity.

Sunday holds a greater chance of showers. Fishel said scattered thunderstorms were expected in the afternoon.