Severe storms possible over southern part of our area overnight


"Everybody in the region needs to be prepared for significant severe weather!" The highest risk of severe weather will be inland from the coast near I-95.

The Outer Banks has an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms for Thursday.

"It is possible that the period from Wednesday afternoon to Wednesday night brings a significant number of tornadoes and may be the biggest period for tornadoes of the multipleday severe weather outbreak", AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz said.

-Jefferson County, Alabama: Tornado was reported on the west side of the Birmingham metro area, near Birmingport, early Wednesday afternoon. Adding to the concern is that nighttime tornadoes can be more unsafe given that people are sleeping and may be unprepared to take immediate shelter. That warning passed, but UA said that a tornado watch remained until 3 a.m. It is likely that most or all of the WLOX will be dealing with stormy and possibly unsafe weather between 7 PM and 10 PM.

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Tornadoes at night are especially risky, because people are often sleeping and don't hear warnings. Some areas like MS and Alabama might see multiple rounds of severe storms. That can be done by checking to make sure notification settings are turned on for mobile devices.

There will be a continued threat of widespread severe storms across the Southeast into Thursday.

Ivey tweeted Wednesday that forecasts of "widespread, possibly risky weather conditions", remained and she urged people to be prepared.

On Wednesday, March 24 at 9:50 a.m., the City of Wilmington Police Department and the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will conduct a county-wide tornado drill.