The Outer Banks is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m., with the main threats being heavy rain, damaging winds and isolated hail, according to the National Weather Service.
Strong storms with cloud-to-ground lightning and the potential to spin up waterspouts moved through the Nags Head area about 2:15 p.m. More storms are expected through the afternoon.
Fire crews were responding to possible lightning strikes to homes in Nags Head and Colington on Wednesday afternoon.
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