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“Lee” brings tornado threat today, “Katia” will stay offshore

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- Even though we are not facing any imminent landfall of a tropical system, we’ll still see some effects over the next few days. In the short term, we’re dealing with the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

The center of the former-Lee will be off to our west today. This puts us on the warm, muggy and unstable side of the storm – often favored for severe weather. Today, we’ll expect isolated thunderstorms to develop. Some of these storms could be strong to severe with torrential downpours and even an isolated tornado. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 2 this afternoon.

The threat for intermittent storms will continue overnight and into part of Wednesday as well. We’re not expecting any extended periods of rain. Instead, it’s more of an "eye to the sky" scenario. Make sure you stay with us for any severe weather warnings. 

The good news is the presence of "Lee" will help to save us from a bigger storm; "Katia". This major hurricane is very intense right now, but will turn north thanks to a large southerly flow created by Lee. We expect this turn to occur Wednesday night into Thursday.

While we will not see any wind or rain from Hurricane Katia, we are already feeling dangerous conditions at the beaches. High surf and life threatening rip currents will be found at the coast through at least Friday. Please do not attempt to swim.

You can always see the latest tropical updates at Hurricanes 101.

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley


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