EASTERN CAROLINA -

The storm system that has been responsible for the deadly severe weather in the Midwest could bring another couple rounds of severe storms to Eastern Carolina in the next few days.

The greatest danger for severe weather comes on Wednesday when the combination of ingredients could bring heavy rain, damaging wind, and even more tornadoes to our region.

This is because of the way the jet stream in configured around this Midwest storm. The jet stream is a ribbon of fast moving air that is between 25,000 and 35,000 feet aloft. The job it does in severe weather production is to act as a vacuum. It helps pull more are from the low levels of the atmosphere into the upper levels, which in turn helps develop strong updrafts in thunderstorms.

It also can cause these thunderstorms to begin spinning, which then produces tornadoes. The combination of the jet stream, high dew point air, and a couple upper disturbances passing through will all combine to produce severe storms across parts of eastern North Carolina on Wednesday.

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