Enhanced Risk for severe weather — FIRST ALERT WEATHER

Friday, 19 Apr, 2019

We continue to track the threat of high damaging wind gusts and large hail.

At least five people, including three children, were killed over the weekend in a storm system that drove more than three dozen tornadoes across the Deep South. Collin College closed at 1 p.m.

The rains will be of moderate intensity and fairly constant, with waves of heavier rainfall. Up to 5 inches are possible on the North Shore.

The metro area has had three weeks in a row of active weather, with flash flooding and tornadoes reported earlier this month.

It will also be breezy Friday afternoon and overnight.

Yet it is highly likely we will be under a severe thunderstorm watch.

The storm system will move further east Thursday afternoon into the Gulf Coast and will produce more severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail. Due to the potential for some rotation in the atmosphere, isolated tornadoes can not be ruled out.

New York City, Philadelphia and Washington may face travel delays from the rain and possibly property damage from high winds, AccuWeather warned.

Over eastern North Carolina, winds near 5,000 feet may approach 80 miles per hour to 90 miles per hour. Rain chances and cloud cover return to start off the next work week. The conditions are expected to clear from the eastern part of the state by 10 p.m., the office says. Thunderstorms might help transfer some of these strong winds down to the ground.

"Hail storms forecast this evening in #Texas".

The strongest stormy weather is expected eastward of the I-95 corridor meaning the entirety of Coastal North Carolina is at risk for severe storms.

This is subject to change, but the line of storms might enter our western areas (Blakely, Marianna, Mexico Beach) sometime between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. EDT.

Leave work early, if possible. Note that this is a simulation, and actual details are likely to vary.

The Storm Prediction Center believes a few locations, could experience "significant" severe weather with 75mph+ winds or an EF2+ tornado.