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Tornado warning and watches, flash flood watch issued in Triangle, forecasters say

Cold front brings stormy weather to NC today

Watch the ABC11 weather forecast for the latest on a cold front moving through the area bring relief from the heat, but storm weather and the potential for heavy rain Tuesday July 23, 2019.
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Watch the ABC11 weather forecast for the latest on a cold front moving through the area bring relief from the heat, but storm weather and the potential for heavy rain Tuesday July 23, 2019.

Relief from high temperatures is coming to the Triangle on Tuesday, but the same weather system could also bring isolated tornadoes and some flooding, forecasters say.

A tornado warning briefly was in effect for Clayton and areas east of the town from about 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service says.

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning (outlined by the red shape) until 3:30 p.m. for Johnston and surrounding counties on Tuesday afternoon July, 23, 2019.

As storms move through central North Carolina, a flash flood watch has been issued until 11 p.m. for Raleigh, Durham and other areas, the National Weather Service says. The alert means waterways and “poor drainage areas” may fill up, according to the service.

Forecasters say storms expected for Tuesday afternoon could continue overnight, the National Weather Service says. The main areas that could see isolated severe weather were “along and east of” U.S. Highway 1, but that area could become more spread out, according to the service.

Rainfall could reach 1 inch Tuesday afternoon, with more expected at night, forecasters say.

The storms, which are expected to move southeast across North Carolina, could also bring strong wind, reports ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.

“Secondary severe risks consist of small hail and an isolated tornado in the strongest of storms,” according to the National Weather Service.

The threats come after severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Monday night in Clayton, Hillsborough, Wendell and other Triangle-area towns, forecasters announced on Twitter. The warnings were also issued for Garner, Knightdale and Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon, according to a separate post.

The rain chances are hitting the Triangle as a cold front pushes into the area, ABC11 reports.

The front could also bring cooler air after days of high heat in North Carolina, the National Weather Service says.

Forecasters during the weekend issued a heat advisory as conditions were expected to feel hotter than 100 degrees. Monday’s high temperature hit 97 degrees, while normal temperatures at this time of year reach about 90 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, records show.

On Tuesday, the high could dip to 84 degrees and remain in the 80s until the weekend, forecasters say.

Skies are expected to clear up Wednesday, when “mostly sunny” conditions are in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

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