Raleigh, N.C. — A line of storms sweeping across North Carolina on Friday morning brought thunder and lightning to many towns from Fayetteville to Roxboro, but it also came with the chance of more severe weather.
Though the storm didn’t produce any damaging weather early Friday morning, it does have a history of potentially severe side effects: The storm sparked a tornado warning in northwestern South Carolina, but there was no damage reported.
The same system blanketed eastern North Carolina in an elevated risk for severe weather.
“All day today, an elevated risk,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “That’s going to be a level two out of five for severe weather.
“Biggest threats are going to be wind damage and hail—couldn’t rule out an isolated tornado in this particular setup.”
The storm will change quickly throughout the day as lightning will fizzle out at times before lighting up again. Gardner said the potential for a tornado, though, will linger.
“We have that potential here this morning,” Gardner said. “I don’t think it’s a high potential, but certainly our tornado risk is not zero this morning.”
The early rain is just the first bout that will blow through the Triangle on Friday.