Tri-County area at risk for tornadoes, damage today

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Damaging straight-line winds are possible due to ingredients in place Wednesday afternoon in the Tri-County area.

Severe storms capable of producing damaging wind, large hail and tornadoes are possible, according to a National Weather Service statement transferred via Brian Short of Vance County Emergency Management. Tornado watches were issued about 1 p.m. for Granville, Vance and Warren counties until 7 p.m.

According to probability maps from the NWS, parts of the Tri-County region are within the area with the highest probability for tornadoes.

There is a potential for flooding in urban, poor drainage and small creek areas. The storms are expected to be heavy and moving slow. Downpours are possible.
A flash flood watch is in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday.

The probabilities for the worst areas are west of Interstate 95.

Minor flooding along the Tar and Cape Fear rivers is expected this week and into the weekend. There is also a chance for flooding along the Neuse River.