Severe weather update for Wednesday-Thursday

Published 2:38 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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From Chris Newkirk, Beaufort County Emergency Services:

Our office continues to monitor the forecast for the potential of severe weather this afternoon and tomorrow. Developing scattered storms will have the potential to intensify quickly, producing gusty winds (50 – 70mph), hail and isolated tornados. While these storms are possible both days, our greatest chance of experiencing severe weather conditions will be between 2pm and 8pm tomorrow.

Please see below and attached briefing from the National Weather Service for additional details.

We encourage everyone to ensure that you, your family, friends and neighbors have a way of being notified of any watches and / or warnings that are issued for your area. (Weather alert phone apps that provide notifications, weather radios, etc.) We also encourage everyone to monitor local media outlets for additional updates.

From the National Weather Service, Morehead City: 

There will be daily chances for shower and thunderstorm activity today through Friday. A few of these storms have the potential to become severe with the greatest risk for severe weather being on Thursday. However, there is still some uncertainty with exact timing and location of thunderstorm activity today and on Thursday as todays thunderstorm activity will have an impact on Thursday’s thunderstorm activity. But, both days have the potential to bring strong impacts to ENC.

– For todays severe weather risk, there is potential for multiple rounds of scattered strong to severe storms, there remains uncertainty of when and where thunderstorms will develop. Highest confidence in thunderstorm development is between 2 PM Wed – 12 AM Thurs, but the severe risk could last later into the night. A risk for strong wind gusts (50-70 mph), hail (up to golf ball size) and an isolated tornado or two will be the primary hazards within the strongest storms.

– For Thursday, the greatest risk for severe weather occurs out ahead of an approaching cold front with timing focused from the mid-afternoon into the evening. There is some uncertainty with exact timing of storms, as previous evenings convection could result in an earlier threat on Thursday. A risk for strong wind gusts (50-70 mph) and hail (up to quarter size) will be the primary hazards within the strongest storms.

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