EASTERN CAROLINA - A round of severe weather slammed Kentucky earlier today, and is on its way here tonight.
Several severe thunderstorms rolled across Kentucky triggering tornado warnings and dropping very large hail. One hail report in Bear Branch, KY recorded hail stones as big as grapefruits. Those storms and the short-wave that is causing them are going to be moving across eastern Carolina tonight. We could see storms for Pitt, Greene, Lenoir and Duplin Counties as early as 10 pm this evening with coastal areas getting a chance for storms by around 12am. Locations most likely to see a strong or severe storm tonight are north of Hwy 70.
Heat and humidity will reset again for Monday morning. Expect it to feel like 100-105° in the afternoon. Another wave of energy will push down in the afternoon with a strong cold front. As the front barges in Monday, we will once again see strong storms erupt. Storms will most likely form east of Hwy 70; basically our beach locations.
Main threats tonight and tomorrow for these storms will be mainly heavy rains and lightning. Damaging wind gusts are possible. Hail and an isolated tornado are also possible, but the least likely.
We won't be completely clear of threats until early Tuesday morning.