Severe weather is expected to move into all of Southeastern North Carolina on Thursday, and residents are encouraged to be vigilant in preparation.
“This widespread severe weather event, which will stretch from Virginia to Florida, is expected to impact Cumberland County and surrounding areas from 3 to 6 p.m,” Cumberland County said in a news release. “Damaging straight-line winds, large hail and a few significant tornadoes are possible hazards. This storm may result in downed trees, power outages and possible structural damage. Residents are urged to secure loose yard items including roll out trash cans, lawn furniture, etc.”
North Carolina Emergency Management said increased chances of thunderstorms, hail, front-line winds, and possible tornadic activity should be expected.
Wednesday #ncwx update:— NC Emergency Management (@NCEmergency) March 17, 2021
⚠️ The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded much of central and eastern NC to a Moderate Risk for severe storms on Thursday. While the threat is greatest generally along and southeast of I-85, severe storms will be possible statewide on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/df4byg5RQG
Check back throughout the day Thursday for continuing updates.