Tornado Over Dare County This MorningJuly 30th, 2012 at 1:16 pm by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
Wow! Sometimes a storm will literally pop-up and get heavy in a matter of 20-30 minutes. That’s exactly what happened across the Outer Banks before an isolated storm produced a waterspout. In fact there were several reports of waterspouts this mornings, but the storm shown above produced 2 waterspouts that moved onto land. Once over land, then technically is becomes a tornado. One moved near the Bodie Island Lighthouse and another one moved over land near Wanchese. I didn’t see any reports of damage yet, but there could be some coming in through the afternoon.
We may see some more rotation in this area along the stationary front that was mentioned in my previous blog, but the storms have weakened since this morning.
We are not in a slight risk for severe weather. Typically these types of storms don’t do much damage. They can occasionally whip up a boat or knock down some tree limbs or weak trees, but they aren’t like their cousins the Midwest tornadoes. They do need to be heeded though as they can strengthen a bit over land.
Aside from that, heavy rain will be possible in any of the storms across the viewing area today. We have a warm, humid, and maritime airmass moving in with the easterly (from the east) breeze. At least that breeze is keeping it a little cooler today. Especially near the shore.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler