Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for the entire WECT viewing area. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.
The Tornado Watch will remain in effect until 4AM Thursday morning, but may be trimmed back as a strong line begins to pass through the area around midnight. The SPC describes this as a "Particularly Dangerous Situation" because of the storms may hit at night, when people are not expecting severe weather. Also, the storm comes as the month of December begins, which is outside of the peak severe weather season.
Damaging winds, isolated flooding and small hail are also a possibility in coastal areas of North Carolina Wednesday night, according to WECT First Alert Meteorologist Robb Ellis.
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Flooding is also a concern. As much as 1 to 2 additional inches of rain could fall, which is enough rain to cause ponding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
Earlier in the day, several areas along Market Street, College Rd and Oleander and 223rd street saw minor ponding and some overflowing ditches.
Coastal areas may be dealing with an additional problem. Due to an astronomical high tide, coupled with rough surf and strong on shore winds, some coastal flooding and overwash may occur.
Forecasters say the bad weather is being caused by a low pressure system moving out of the Gulf of Mexico.