Weather forecast for central and eastern NC
Another round of severe weather could make its way to central and eastern North Carolina Tuesday afternoon and evening, bringing hail and damaging winds, forecasters say.
Weather maps show a “marginal” risk of thunderstorms from the Triangle and Fayetteville to the coast. The system could bring damaging winds and large hail, National Weather Service models show.
Tuesday’s storms probably won’t pack the punch that destroyed a dozen structures, injured at least 14 and damaged several mobile homes in the Basstown Road area of Sampson County, said NWS meteorologist Jonathan Blaes.
“Marginal” risk is the lowest risk category on the NWS Storm Prediction Center’s 1 to 5 scale, but the NWS in Raleigh issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook warning ahead of Tuesday’s potential storms.
But a few strong to severe storms are expected from the Triangle and Fayetteville eastward, he said.
The unstable weather is being partly caused by a front that is stalled over the eastern part of the state, NWS forecasters said.
NWS officials will visit the area Tuesday to survey and assess the extent of damage, but the storm was probably not a tornado, Blaes said.
“That was a strong burst of wind through the area,” he said. “It was not your typical garden variety thunderstorm that went through there last night.”
The storms in Sampson come a week after a tornado was confirmed by radar last Tuesday in nearby Clinton. The storm moved east through the the towns of Autryville and the Bearskin community, causing property damage to homes and to the Autryville Fire Department.
The risk for severe weather will continue to diminish on Wednesday and the sun is expected to reappear and bring drier conditions Thursday, the NWS forecast said.
High temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 80s and bottom out in the 60s for most of the week.
Thunderstorms will be back in the forecast toward the weekend, but none of the storms are expected to be widespread, he said. Instead, they should behave like normal thunderstorms that tend to pop up in summertime.
“We’re in more of a summer set up right now,” Blaes said. “Most any day we could get a stronger storm or two.”