Afternoon storms erupt

Posted June 27, 2011 1:48 p.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2011 5:52 p.m. EDT

— Afternoon showers soaked parts of central North Carolina Monday, and the potential for some of those storms to become severe prompted a watches and warnings. 

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for several counties in eastern North Carolina until 9 p.m.

A watch that covered the Triangle and many central North Carolina counties was issued but canceled by 5 p.m. 

Various severe thunderstorm warnings popped up, but there were no reports of significant damage. 

The chance of rain is expected to diminish by early evening, but another round of rain could be on tap for Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon and evening. 

"We expect the coverage to be more widespread," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. 

Less thunderstorm activity is expected Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday look to be less humid, WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.