Dueling frontal boundaries and waves of low pressure could kick up some severe storms with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. The NWS issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and flood watch for central North Carolina.
Weather threats include damaging wind, hail and possibly a tornado, arriving first in southwestern North Carolina and northern Georgia.
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Panovich also has the chance of hail around 15 percent for most of the area. The storms raced to the northeast at 60 miles per hour. A number of trees and power lines were knocked down in the region, he said.
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The watch is in effect until 11 p.m.as a gold front pushes through the area.
The forecast says some of the storms will likely become severe, especially during the afternoon and into the evening. Heavy rain from storms could fall on saturated grounds and lead to flash flooding.
FIRST ALERT Wednesday: Cloudy with patchy fog in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. Watches for Allendale and Hampton counties remain in place until 6 p.m.
The possible tornado may have touched down in the area, which is at the coast, before moving over the water, Shashy said.