Expect scattered severe thunderstorms late this evening; Cold front pushing through

The National Weather Service is still monitoring the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms to push across Eastern North Carolina this evening ahead of a strong cold front.

The primary threat from the storms will be damaging wind gusts, isolated tornadoes, and heavy downpours. The most favorable environment for severe storms remains along the eastern coastal areas, though all of Eastern North Carolina remains in a slight risk for severe. Strong gradient winds will also be present this afternoon and evening ahead of the front.

A Wind Advisory continues for Downeast Carteret through Oregon Inlet for winds gusting up to 45-50 mph. Gale Warnings continue south of Oregon Inlet including Pamlico Sound.