Area braces for severe weather

Published 8:45 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Potentially dangerous weather — possible tornadoes, damaging wind and hail — is forecast for Beaufort County and eastern North Carolina tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to move through the region tonight and Thursday, according to a severe-weather alert issued by the NWS office in Newport earlier today. The risk of damaging winds is high, and the risks of tornadoes and damaging hail are at the medium-level, according to NWS warnings.

“There is a potential for two rounds of severe weather to develop across the region tonight and early Thursday. The first round is expected this evening until and hour or two after midnight associated with a warm front lifting across the region. A second round late tonight into Thursday morning ahead of a strong cold front,” reads a NWS statement.

From 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Thursday, a warm front and initial short-wave energy will produce an isolated severe thunderstorm threat, followed by a more dangerous threat late tonight, according to NWS advisories.

“Once the severe weather threat ends Thursday, strong southwest winds will develop, bringing gale force winds and large waves around 10-17 feet across much of the coastal waters, highest south of Oregon Inlet. … Wind gusts 35 to 45 mph expected Thursday, highest along the coast,” reads a NWS hazards warning.

The NWS predicts low water levels — from 1 to 2 feet below normal — in the Pamlico and Neuse rivers Thursday night into Friday.

Kay Summerfield, a volunteer with the American Red Cross office in Washington, said she and other volunteers are in an on-call mode, ready to respond to disaster-related incidents if they occur.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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