RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Strong storms pounded central North Carolina Thursday afternoon – bringing flash floods and hail to areas around the Triangle.
The main severe weather threats late this afternoon and this evening will be damaging straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes.
A Tornado Watch is in effect for our western counties until 5 pm. Another watch will likely be issued by the Storm Prediction Center later today.
This morning’s rain didn’t bring any severe weather, but it did soak the ground. As more rain falls on that saturated ground later today, flash flooding will become a significant concern. A Flood Watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Friday, along and west US-1.
Even outside of the Flood Watch, flash flooding will still be possible. Rainfall estimates continue to show the potential for 3+ inch totals, especially along and west of I-85.
Windy conditions throughout the day will be a concern as well. Gusts outside of the storms could be as high as 35-40 mph.
The rain will move out Friday morning, and we’ll see sunshine breaking through by Friday afternoon.