After a line of thunderstorms moved through the region Saturday night, another system is forecast to produce strong-to-severe storms for the second straight evening.
At least one transformer exploded at Arch Street and North Croatan Highway, knocking out power to 1,200 customers in Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk at one point, as storms produced heavy rain, gusty winds and numerous lightning strikes Saturday evening.
Sunday has started out warm and muggy, with patchy dense sea fog on a southerly breeze. A few heavy showers and some embedded thunderstorms were moving into inland areas of northeastern North Carolina just after sunrise.
The bulk of the scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms extended across the Blue Ridge Mountains this morning out ahead of a cold front.
The strongest storms are forecast to arrive in eastern North Carolina late afternoon through evening, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service. Damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, large hail, and isolated tornadoes will be possible.
Once the front clears, we are expecting dry conditions and seasonably cool temperatures on Monday and Tuesday. There will be a brief warmup on Wednesday ahead of another cold front that will bring another shot of cool weather into Easter weekend.
Marine conditions will vary due to the multiple weather systems crossing the area.
National Weather Service forecast for Nags Head, as of Sunday 8 a.m.:
A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 21 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Clear, with a low around 49. East wind 3 to 5 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. East wind around 8 mph.
A slight chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Showers likely after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
A chance of showers before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Breezy.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Breezy.
Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
Sunny, with a high near 56.
Coastal Marine Forecast from Currituck Beach Light to Oregon Inlet out 20 nautical miles, as of Sunday 8 a.m.:
SW winds 10 to 20 kt, becoming S 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt this afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft, building to 4 to 6 ft this afternoon. Near shore, seas 2 to 4 ft. Dominant period 4 seconds. areas of fog this morning. A slight chance of showers until late afternoon. A slight chance of tstms early this afternoon, then a chance of showers and tstms late. Vsby 1 nm or less this morning.
SW winds 20 to 25 kt, becoming NW after midnight. Gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft, except 3 to 4 ft near shore. Dominant period 6 seconds. Showers and tstms likely in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight.
NW winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming N 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft, except around 3 ft near shore. Dominant period 5 seconds.
E winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Dominant period 6 seconds.
SE winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
S winds around 10 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
S winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming SW. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Showers likely.
NW winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft. A chance of showers. winds and seas higher in and near tstms.