Severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon along Outer Banks

Showers and storms have already started along Hatteras Island this morning. [image courtesy OBX Forever]

Eastern North Carolina has been upgraded to a slight risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon by the National Weather Service.

The main threat appears to be damaging winds and large hail, but very frequent lightning and flooding rains will be a possibility as well, especially over urban and poor drainage areas.

Make sure to tune a radio or listen online to Beach 104, Big 94.5 WCMS, 99.1 The Sound or Z 92.3, and check back here at OBX Today, for the latest updates, watches and warnings.

National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Tuesday, 9 a.m.:

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 68. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 69.
Sunny, with a high near 79.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 73.
Sunny, with a high near 89.
Saturday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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