North Carolina

Quarter-sized hail, gusts up to 65 mph possible in Triangle as storms move through NC

The Triangle and much of central North Carolina are under a severe thunderstorm watch or warning, the National Weather Service says.

A warning is in effect for Wake, Durham and Chatham counties until 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, the weather service says, and the watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for other counties in central North Carolina. Areas could see wind gusts up to 65 mph and hail the size of quarters, the weather service says.

The chance for central North Carolina storms comes mostly after 3 p.m. and continues until midnight, according to the National Weather Service. Rainfall could reach a quarter inch, with more rain possible overnight, the service says.

Strong winds could pose the biggest risk, and an “isolated tornado can’t be ruled out,” forecasters say.

There could also be hail and “flash flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas,” according to the weather service.

The rain chances come as the heat index could make the Raleigh area feel up to 102 degrees, forecasters say.

Rain is expected to continue through Friday, according to the weather service.