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Central, eastern N.C. under severe-thunderstorm watch

A cold front moving through the state sparks storms before lowering temperatures and humidity levels.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — After sunshine and hot temperatures, a cold front will bring relief after sparking storms on Sunday evening.

"Most everybody should see some rain tonight as a band of strong storms moves across the Triangle," WRAL Meteorologist Chris Thompson said. "Strong winds will be the main threat, but we can not rule out some large hail, minor flooding and a vivid, lightning display."

Penny-size hail was reported Sunday evening near U.S. Highway 64 and Jordan Lake.

A tree was down at the intersection of Purnell and Bold Run Hill roads in Wake Forest. Another tree was knocked over by high winds on Federal Road, near Interstate 40 in Johnston County. A tree also hit a house on Winona Street, near Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh.

A severe-thunderstorm watch has been issued for counties in eastern and central North Carolina until 4 a.m.

A watch means that conditions are ripe for a hazardous weather event, but the timing and location are not known.

"The storms will diminish around midnight, (and) Monday will bring a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm, then Tuesday will be cooler and less humid," Thompson said.

Sunday's high will be around 93 degrees.

The cold front will drop Monday's high to about 88 degrees and continue to create an opportunity for rain, particularly in eastern North Carolina.

Tuesday will bring more relief from the temperatures – and lower humidity.

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