Severe thunderstorm potential today

Published 9:31 am Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

From Chris Newkirk, Beaufort County Emergency Services:

Our office is monitoring the chance for another round of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Potential impacts for Beaufort County include:


  • Rain chances are expected to increase after 2pm and continue through midnight, with most areas receiving ¼ of an inch.
  • Our greatest chance of rain will be between 5pm and 9pm today.

Strong / Severe Thunderstorms

  • Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible between 2pm and midnight, with our greatest chance occurring between 2pm and 8pm today.
  • These storms will have the potential to produce wind gust up to 60mph, hail and isolated tornados.

Please see below and attached briefing from the National Weather Service for additional information. We encourage everyone to monitor local media outlets for any watches and / or warnings that are issued. We also ask that you take a moment today to ensure that you, your family, friends, and neighbors have a way of being notified of watches / warning. (This could include weather apps on your phone that allows for push notifications, a weather radio, etc.)


From the National Weather Service, Morehead City:

There will be a slight risk (Level 2 of 5) of isolated to scattered severe thunderstorms developing across portions of eastern North Carolina today.

Key Points

– The locations most likely to see severe thunderstorms are across the coastal plain, particularly south of Highway 64. This includes the Crystal Coast.

– The highest risk of strong storms will be between 4-8 pm, but activity could develop as early as 1-2 pm. Any severe threat will come to an end by 10-11 pm tonight.

– The primary severe risk is damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph, but hail up to quarter sized is also possible. There is a marginal tornado threat mainly across the inner coastal plain.