The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Triangle on Wednesday, saying that gusts as high as 40 mph are likely ahead of a line of strong thunderstorms that will pass through the region.
Sustained southerly winds of 20 to 25 mph are likely, with gusts strong enough to take down trees and large limbs, according to the weather service. Higher gusts are likely along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor.
The advisory will remain in place until midnight.
The weather service said a strong low-pressure system is moving north and will drive warm air into the state Wednesday, providing fuel for the storms. They could bring up to an inch of rain.
“A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is likely on Wednesday,” the weather service said. “The primary threat will be from damaging straight line wind gusts, though isolated tornadoes are also possible.”
ABC-11 meteorologist Chris Hohmann said the heaviest weather will come with a line of storms that’s expected to pass through the Triangle at midday. Hohmann said that a second, weaker line of storms will follow in the late afternoon and early evening.
All the clouds should be pushed out for Thursday by cooler air and stiff winds, forecasters say. Steady winds of about 20 mph with gusts of 30 mph to 35 mph were forecast along with sunny skies and a high temperature in the low 50s.