RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The severe weather threat has ended Thursday for central North Carolina, but not before causing plenty of problems.
Storms that moved through Thursday afternoon resulted in most of the area receiving heavy rain. There were also numerous severe thunderstorm warnings and even a handfull of tornado warnings.
One tornado warning near RDU airport eventually led to a spotted funnel cloud at RDU and some damage nearby just before 4 p.m.
Chief meteorologist Wes Hohenstein said it was most likely a weak, brief tornado that hit near Interstate-540 and I-40, but the National Weather Service in Raleigh will survey the damage Friday before confirming.
CBS 17’s Storm Team officially ended the Alert Day just before 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.
But, storm damage near RDU will be surveyed tomorrow to determine if a tornado hit. Odds are that’s exactly what it was, especially since we had damage right near where a funnel cloud was spotted by the RDU tower.
In addition to the strong storms and heavy rain, winds remained strong. Gusts were reported over 40 mph in several places causing power outages and knocking down tree limbs.
Behind the cold front overnight, temperatures will fall into the 50s overnight. The first day of April will be breezy and cooler in the 60s.
Mainly sunny skies and lighter winds expected this weekend. Highs will be in the 60 to low 70s Saturday and Sunday.
Kayla Morton contributed to this article.