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Strong winds and isolated tornadoes predicted for NC. Here’s what to expect and when

Chance of severe weather in Carolinas Friday

Watch the ABC11 weather forecast for information on possible severe weather moving through the Carolinas Friday, April 19, 2019.
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Watch the ABC11 weather forecast for information on possible severe weather moving through the Carolinas Friday, April 19, 2019.

After days of sunny skies in North Carolina, severe weather is expected Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

A low pressure system will bring the potential for strong winds, flash flooding, hail and “a few tornadoes” throughout most of the state, according to the NWS office in Raleigh.

The line of storms, which is arriving from the west, is expected to move eastward across the state through most of the day Friday, starting in the Charlotte area early in the morning, the National Weather Service says.

Severe weather is expected in the Charlotte area through the afternoon. Wind gusts, which could reach up to 31 mph near the city, pose the highest threat, according to the forecast.

The storms are expected to move into the Piedmont around 11 a.m.

Then the storms will hit the Triangle from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. according to the NWS Raleigh office. The conditions are expected to clear from the eastern part of the state by 10 p.m., the office says.

Forecasters on Friday predict 1 to 2 inches of rain in Charlotte and up to three-quarters of an inch in Raleigh, with more expected overnight.

Chances of showers in central North Carolina continue into Saturday before conditions are expected to clear up Sunday, according to the forecast.

The weather forecast comes after some North Carolina towns last weekend experienced power outages, fallen trees and other damage from high winds, The News & Observer previously reported.

Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.


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