SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The National Weather Service (NWS) has released a potential severe weather forecast for Thursday, Mar. 18, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the greater Wilmington area. Widespread, intense storms are expected across North Carolina and onto the coast.
A cold front will be moving through the area that could spawn tornadoes, hail, cloud-to-ground lightning, flooding, and strong winds up to 60mph. Downed trees and power lines, as well as power outages could happen. Flooding also may affect low-lying areas, with the heaviest rains slated for early Thursday.
The storm may trigger 6-foot sea surge through early next week. Northerly winds are expected to become gale force on Friday.
For folks tracking the Jim Cantore radar alert, he’s already tweeted out its severity:
Anyone in the path of a tornado warning should take shelter in a basement or cellar, or the smallest room of the house, preferably without windows. If on the road, drivers should remain in a low, flat location, and not stopped at an underpass or a bridge.
All unsecured outdoor items — furniture, garden ornaments, trash cans, flower pots, etc. — should be stowed away. Homes should be reinforced as much as possible, and an emergency kit of food, water, important documents and life-saving supplies should be readily available.
A safe room should be designated for other essentials, supplies or items of importance.
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