Strong storms could hit the Triangle late Thursday, bringing the potential for powerful winds and isolated tornadoes.
Parts of Wake, Durham, Orange and other counties mainly to the north and east are at 1 of 5 risk level, meaning severe weather is expected to be limited in intensity, duration or area, forecasters said.
To the south, much of Harnett, Johnston and other counties are at the higher level 2 risk, which indicates the possibility of severe storms that are intense but not widespread, according to the National Weather Service.
Severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes are possible late Thursday and Thursday night, mainly east and south of Raleigh. The highest risk is along and east of Interstate 95. #ncwx pic.twitter.com/8ladUWVmay
— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) October 27, 2021
“Damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes will be possible with the stronger thunderstorms, especially along and east of” Interstate 95, the weather service said. The main risk for storms lies from about 6 p.m. Thursday to early Friday.
In Raleigh, showers are possible after 3 p.m. Thursday, when less than one-tenth of an inch of rain could fall. There’s a potential for thunderstorms overnight, when wind gusts could reach 23 mph and rainfall totals could be up to three-quarters of an inch, according to forecasters.
“Scattered showers will be possible through the day Friday,” reports ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner. “Lingering showers will be possible Saturday as the system pulls east of the region.”
The potential for severe storms comes after forecasters on Monday issued weather alerts for parts of the Triangle. The National Weather Service said some places in central North Carolina saw more than an inch of rain as a cold front brought showers and storms.
That day, much of the region had been under a level 2 risk, as forecasters deemed damaging winds the main threat, McClatchy News reported.