A tornado watch until 8 p.m. issued by the National Weather Service is in effect for parts of northeastern North Carolina, in Dare County and coastal waters from Albemarle and Pamlico sounds southward.
A strong cold front crossing the state will move off the coast this evening. Severe thunderstorms will be possible this evening ahead of the front, the Weather Service said.
Any thunderstorms that develop will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts, locally heavy rainfall and an isolated tornado.
A tornado watch earlier for counties north of the Albemarle Sound has been cancelled.
For the greater Elizabeth City area, tonight there will be showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10 p.m, then a chance of showers between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 45. Breezy, with a south wind 14 to 20 mph becoming west in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 57 and west wind 10 to 17 mph.