Thursday night remains a CBS 17 STORM TEAM ALERT DAY. Severe thunderstorms with the possibility of damaging wind and isolated tornadoes are still expected to move through central North Carolina for Halloween night.
Tornado warnings began to be issued in central North Carolina shortly after 7:15 p.m. A tornado warning was issued at 9:06 p.m. northeastern Wake County and southwestern Franklin County until 9:45 p.m.
Northeastern Orange County, northern Granville County, northwestern Durham County, and southeastern Person County are in a tornado warning.
Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for Wake County, southeastern Granville County, central Johnston County, and Franklin County until 9:45 p.m.
Storms arrived in Charlotte shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. Severe thunderstorm warnings due to damaging wind gusts were issued. Heavy rain, thunder and lighting were also widespread in the Queen City.
Just before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a tornado watch was issued for most of central North Carolina until 11 p.m. Thursday night. A tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in the watch area.
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, strong storms have already moved into western North Carolina with heavy rain and even a few severe thunderstorm warnings due to damaging wind gusts.
That line of heavy rain and storms will move in from the west after sunset, and track west-to-east across all of central North Carolina through midnight.
The rest of the afternoon will be very warm, breezy, and cloudy — but there’s just a small chance of rain during the day.
That means the earlier you can go trick-or-treating, the better. The line of storms coming through later in the evening is not something you want to be caught outside in several blocks away from your house!
The Storm Prediction Center has included the northern half of central North Carolina — including the Triangle — in an “Enhanced Risk” of severe weather.
Damaging straight-line winds will be the primary threat. There will be enough wind energy in the atmosphere to support an isolated tornado threat as well. Large hail is unlikely, and while there will be some heavy downpours, they won’t last long enough to cause flooding.
As you head out for trick-or-treating, make sure you have a source of weather information in case warnings are issued.
You can check the radar on the CBS 17 weather app, and you can also set up the app to alert you to weather warnings in your area.
Storms will clear out after midnight and the cold front moving through will drop temperatures drastically Friday. Highs will only get up to around 60 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday with morning temperatures in the 30s.