Forecasters warned of a possible tornado Tuesday evening southeast of Raleigh.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Goldsboro, Elroy and Brodgen until 6:45 p.m. Goldsboro is about 45 miles from Raleigh.
Roughly 80,000 people, 29 schools and 4 hospitals could be in its path, according to a tweet from the weather service. Penny-sized hail is also possible.
Chances for thunderstorms and showers picked up after 11 a.m. Tuesday and could last until 8 p.m. in the Triangle, the weather service warned.
Severe weather possibilities linger until 7 p.m. in central and eastern North Carolina, the service tweeted.
“Damaging wind gusts will be the primary threat, with an isolated tornado also possible,” forecasters say.
There are also low risks of hail and localized flooding, according to Don Schwenneker, meteorologist for ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner. The risks come as storms come from the west, he says.
Raleigh could get up to a quarter-inch of rain Tuesday, with more possible at night and during thunderstorms, the National Weather Service says. Wetter weather is predicted for Durham, which could see up to a half-inch of rain during the day.
Skies are expected to clear up by Wednesday morning, the weather service says.
The predictions come after the same storm system generated a category EF3 tornado in Texas and brought severe weather to other parts of the region over the weekend, forecasters from The Weather Channel and other outlets report.
In Dallas, no serious injuries were reported after a tornado tore across part of the city, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Thousands of people lost power, and buildings were left in ruins.