Thunderstorms roll across southern, central N.C.

Posted April 14, 2009 2:16 p.m. EDT
Updated April 14, 2009 5:32 p.m. EDT

— A weather system passing through the state was expected to keep spawning thunderstorms over the southern half of North Carolina through late Tuesday evening.

In the early evening, most of the storms were being produced in southeastern and coastal counties. Some light rain lingered in Wake and Durham counties from what had been a thick band of storms over Chatham, Moore and Randolph counties.

"At this point, the strongest storms are south and east of Raleigh," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "It's certainly not a threat to anyone in this neck of the woods."

The possibility of severe thunderstorms extends until the late evening. The biggest threats from the storms will be strong, gusty wind and penny-sized hail capable of damaging vehicles and roofs. Those in the path of a storm should go indoors until it passes.

Earlier Tuesday, at least six counties in the WRAL viewing area came under severe thunderstorm warnings.

"The only thing to come out of it so far is a half to three-quarter-inch hail, no reports of wind damage," Fishel said.

Wednesday will see a reprieve from severe weather, but cloudy skies and a few sprinkles will linger.

By Thursday afternoon, "any clouds will give way to wall-to-wall sunshine," Fishel said. "And that should set the tone for a spell of a few really nice days."

Sunshine will dominate on Thursday and Friday, with temperatures in the low to mid 60s. The weekend looks like it'll continue the sunny trend, with the added benefit of temperatures warming into the mid 70s.