SOUTHEAST N.C. — Severe weather is possibly on the way to Southeastern N.C. Thursday afternoon into Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds and rain can be expected into the evening with gusts up to 40 mph.
“Strong to severe showers and thunderstorms are expected late this afternoon through this evening. Also, south winds will gust up to 35-40 mph outside of the storms,” according to the NWS hazardous weather outlook.
Earlier Thursday Brunswick County Schools announced the cancellation of after-school programs due to the impending severe weather.
“Due to severe weather conditions expected this evening, all after school events district-wide will be canceled/postponed. Any makeup dates will be announced by individual schools,” Chief Communications Officer Daniel Seamans said.
New Hanover County Schools also canceled outside and afterschool activities for Thursday.
Tornadoes are possible and the threat of severe weather is expected to diminish late Thursday.
“The threat of severe weather will increase across northeast SC & southeast NC through the late afternoon into the evening. Some of the stronger storms may produce damaging gusts to 60 mph & isolated tornadoes. The severe weather will diminish later tonight,” according to a NWS Wilmington tweet.