Severe weather likely for area

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Meteorologists are urging residents to stay abreast of developing storm conditions Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

“We are expecting some showers and storms this afternoon that will run the risk of being severe,” said Barrett Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. “We can see some damaging winds, hail and even the threat of tornadoes with these storms.”

Smith said the storms will develop after lunch and move from the southwest to the northeast.

Storms in Eastern North Carolina are expected to dissipate overnight but another batch of storms is expected Wednesday afternoon.

“There are similar conditions today and tomorrow, so we are trying to pinpoint the greatest risk from these storms,” Smith said. “We are thinking today the areas across the Southern Piedmont and Sandhills, then the (Interstate) 95 corridor will be hit, but we are not sure how severe they will be.”

Rainfall is limited with only an inch or two expected in the Twin Counties.

Smith urged folks to download weather applications to phones, tune in to media stations with frequent weather updates and keep an ear out for weather radios issuing warnings.

“If we issue a watch, those will hopefully be a few hours before a tornado is likely to develop, so we want them to make sure they have a way of getting alerts,” Smith said. “When we issue a warning, it is at the point where folks need to take cover because a severe storm and tornadoes are imminent.”