Raleigh, N.C. — Damage from strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes is possible around the Triangle late Wednesday night and into Thursday as storms barrel across the South.

The first round of rain will begin to move through central North Carolina around the evening commute. The evening rain will turn heavier around 7 p.m., but it will be followed by even stronger storms.

“Then we’ll have a line of thunderstorms developing for us during the morning hours, right during the morning commute, just a little bit before that,” said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “That’s when we’ll have our best chance of seeing some severe weather.”

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The best chance of severe weather begins around 2 a.m. and lasts until roughly 10 a.m. The storms could produce damaging winds, hail, possible localized flooding and an isolated tornado.

“Wind damage (is) likely,” Gardner said. “30 to 50 mph (winds) within storms. We do have the chance of golf-ball-sized hail.”

The strongest storms will hit farther south in Georgia and Alabama, where many areas are under a high risk for severe weather. Most of North Carolina, though, is under a slight risk for severe weather, which is the second level of a five-level risk system.

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