Severe Weather Awareness: Recovery continues after 2017 tornado

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

The National Weather Service said the tornado watch, which covers much of central and western North Carolina, will expire at 11 p.m.

A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

Forecasters at the weather service said rain-cooled air may help ease the severe threat - somewhat - over parts of northwest Alabama.

Sunny skies and slightly warmer temperatures kick off the new workweek with highs in the lower 50s on Monday to the middle 60s by Tuesday through Thursday.

Oh, and before the late-season snowstorm and cold temps hit, the area will likely be getting rain and thunderstorms through the day Friday.

The strongest storms will produce heavy rain, hail and damaging wind gusts.

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The primary threat will be wind gusts of 40 to 60 miles per hour, forecasters say.

The tornado watch is one of several announcements the National Weather Service has issued in the area, with severe thunderstorms and wind forecasted throughout the afternoon. Another dozen outages were reported in Colleton County.

Besides the obvious refresher, another reason for the tests is because it allows the public to test their weather radios, which can only be activated using a real tornado warning code. Be alert for rapidly changing weather conditions and be ready to act quickly if severe weather is observed or a warning is issued.

Unfortunately, the storms did not bring widespread rainfall.

Power outages are possible today, April 15, as severe weather moves across the Carolinas.

We will continue to update this story as the forecast changes.

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