WILMINGTON, N.C. – Severe weather is expected Thursday evening in the Pee Dee, but the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina, has lowered the threat level, especially in the Interstate 95 corridor.
High winds are probable and minor flooding is possible but very little lightning is expected. The primary threat is damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and isolated tornadoes (especially Williamsburg and Georgetown counties).
If flooding occurs, it mainly will hamper travel.
A gale warning began Thursday morning and will be in effect through Friday morning off the coasts of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina. Gale conditions are likely with winds 25 to 35 knots, gusts up to 45 knots and seas 7-10 feet.
Showers will develop ahead of a warm front during the day on Thursday and move north of the area during the late morning and early afternoon.
Thunderstorms will develop Thursday afternoon behind the warm front. Some of these storms could become severe.
On average rainfall of 1 to 1½ inches is expected in the region, with the highest amount along the immediate coast.