RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Monday remains a CBS17 Storm Team Alert Day for central North Carolina.
Numerous severe thunderstorm warnings and strong storms moving through central North Carolina Monday night produced significant damage across the area resulting in nearly 100,000 customers losing power.
Most of the damage come from thunderstorm winds greater than 50 mph knocking down trees and power lines. There was also an immense amount of lighting with the storms that helped contribute to some damage as well.
The Storm Prediction Center has kept the Level 3 out of 5 risk for severe weather across our region. This means nearly all of Central North Carolina is within an Enhanced Risk of severe weather this evening across the region, despite some persistent cloud cover over some of our communities.
The primary threats will be damaging wind gusts in excess of 70 mph, but large hail and an isolated tornado is also possible.
Storms moved into central North Carolina after 6 p.m. and will continue moving east and out of our area after 10 p.m.
The storms were moving very fast, nearly 50 mph off to the east. Most times storms move through, they are moving about 30 mph.
In addition to the chance for storms, it was also be a hot and humid day. A Heat Advisory was in effect most of the day as high temperatures reached into the 90s.
Tuesday will still be hot, but dry with highs around 90 followed by lower humidity Wednesday.
It will be important to remain weather aware through evening. We will keep you updated throughout the day with live team coverage from across the region.
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