Severe thunderstorms will impact much of eastern NC on Friday

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms, some strong to severe, will impact much of eastern North Carolina—especially west of Highway 17—on Friday, May 27, according to a recent update from the National Weather Service (NOAA).

Per this morning’s update from the NOAA office in Newport/Morehead City, the risk of large hail appears lower. Additionally, the timing of strong to potentially severe thunderstorms now appears to stretch from mid-morning through tonight, with a couple of rounds of thunderstorms forecast.

The primary threats will be damaging winds (55-65 mph), lightning, minor flooding, and an extremely high risk for rip currents along our beaches.

For more information on the local forecast, visit or the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City’s Facebook page at