A tornado watch has been issued for all of coastal North
Carolina, including Dare and Hyde Counties, until 9 p.m. on Thursday night, per
the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
The NWS advises all residents and visitors to ensure thy
have multiple ways to receive warnings this afternoon and early tonight. This
includes the NWS website at www.weather.gov/mhx,
broadcast media, NOAA Weather Radio, and / or access to a cell phone and social
media. (The NWS also automatically tweets out warnings via their Twitter page
Per the NWS, a few tornadoes in eastern North Carolina are
likely on Thursday, with isolated hail up to the size of small marbles
possible, as well as isolated wind gusts of up to 60 mph.