SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The National Weather Service’s latest update projects the storm moving in to the Cape Fear region today around 3 p.m. will bring its heaviest impacts between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wind gusts will be in excess of 60 mph, with large hail — possibly 1-2 inches in diameter — lightning and tornadoes moderately high.
“A strong cold front will drive a line of storms across the Carolinas, resulting in an increased risk for severe thunderstorms,” NWS said in its latest release.
The storm — rated 4 out of 5 — has closed into some inland areas and the coastal Carolina region, from Myrtle Beach to Beaufort, N.C.
A quarter-to-half inch of rainfall is expected in most areas, with islolated areas experiencing up to 1 inch. Localized flooding is expected in low-lying areas or those prone to flooding with excessive rain.
“Hazardous maritime conditions are expected to develop today in the fetch
ahead of the front, and especially as the line of thunderstorms moves across the adjacent waters this evening,” the release said. “Also expect a long duration of strong north northerly winds with gusts to gale force through the weekend.”
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