Threat of strong to severe storms this afternoon, evening

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Oct. 15—A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening, with strong or damaging wind gusts the primary threat, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The main threat period is between 2 and 9 p.m. across the region.

An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, the NWS said.

Stay weather aware, and be sure to keep smartphones fully charged and go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor, such as a bathroom, closet or center hallway, in the event of severe weather.

The American Red Cross also recommends an emergency preparedness kit that contains water, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, medications, nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents and emergency contact information, extra cash and a blanket.

The high temperature for today is expected near 77 degrees while an abnormally warm and wet air mass for mid-October is across much of the Midwest.

Showers are possible throughout the day. Rainfall amounts between one-tenth and one-quarter inch are possible, with another one-quarter to one-half inch possible overnight when the low temperature drops to around 52 degrees, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will take a nosedive for Saturday behind the cold front as much cooler and drier air arrives, bringing a nearly 20-degree drop and more seasonable weather.

The high for Saturday is expected around 61 degrees under partly sunny skies. Saturday night will remain mostly clear with an overnight low around 42 degrees.

It will be sunny with a high near 65 degrees Sunday. Skies stay clear for Sunday night, which will have an overnight low around 43 degrees.

It will be a bit warmer but staying dry for the workweek, the NWS said. Sunny skies and high temperatures are expected in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

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