Storms pushing into the eastern Carolinas today

Storms pushing into the eastern Carolinas today

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by First Warn Storm Team

WCNC.com

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 6:10 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A powerful cold front pushed a line of strong storms across the Charlotte Metro this morning.

The threat for severe weather has ended across the Charlotte area, but it is cranking up to our east. A Tornado Watch has been issued for the eastern half of North and South Carolina until 4:00 p.m. This watch includes the cities of Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Florence and Myrtle Beach.


No severe wind reports in our area. Most of the storms produced wind gusts around 40 mph.

The storms will move out of our region very quickly, leaving us with clearing skies and improving weather this afternoon into the weekend.

Winter severe weather set up:

Like most cool season severe weather events in the Carolinas, the atmosphere will have high shear and low CAPE.  That means we'll see a lot of wind energy, but limited surface-based warmth and humidity to build typical thunderstorms.

Click here to view an hour-by-hour breakdown of the severe weather threat

We typically see very little lightning and very low topped thunderstorms in these events, but a lot of potential wind that can mix down to the surface.



There is limited CAPE, or fuel for storms, but more than enough wind shear and energy. This type of severe weather set up can be very difficult because quick damaging wind events and even brief tornadoes can occur in between radar scans.

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