NC bracing for storms that could bring rain, snow and hail


The most concerning wave may occur late morning/noon and could last until 11 p.m.

Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather.

The National Weather Service warned the storm had a possible tornado as it moved from Johnston toward Monetta around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

TIMING: Storms are possible anytime from now through the evening.

Greene Hall and RBD Library will be open as shelters throughout the duration of the tornado warning.

A powerful storm system will bring severe storms overnight Wednesday into Thursday across much of Virginia including Fredericksburg.

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The Lee County EMA warned on its Facebook page the storms could intensify in to something unsafe "very quickly". Some of these storms could rapidly become strong to severe between 3 to 8 Ohio County. The rest of the WLKY viewing area is in a 10% risk area for tornadoes which is pretty high.

The watch extends up through northwest Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Forecasters say the most severe weather will likely be overnight Wednesday into early Thursday morning.

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This setup differs from typical severe weather episodes in Alabama because areas in the eastern part of the state could face the greatest threat.

A strong thunderstorm blew down a grain silo and hundreds of trees west of Columbia as it moved across central SC. Hail driven by damaging severe thunderstorm winds can enhance the threat of injury and damage.

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Storms are expected to move out of the area by late afternoon or early evening and move northeast.

"Destructive and long-track tornadoes will be possible, along with hail up to the size of baseballs, and damaging straight line winds", the weather service said.

Tornadoes weren't the only threat Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says a tornado in southwest Missouri on Tuesday evening had wind speeds up to 120 miles per hour (190 kph) and caused damage to a fire station, elementary school and several other buildings.

The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from "spotters" that can include sheriff's departments, local emergency management officials, police and fire departments, amateur radio operators, or anyone else that has attended one of these classes. However, the Lee County EMA said the event is "far from over". No need to be overly anxious or worried today; just have a way of hearing warnings, have a good plan of action and we will get through today just fine.

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