Tuesday is calm, cool after Monday’s severe storms

May 14, 2019 GMT

Tuesday offers a calm and cool relief after severe storms pummeled central North Carolina on Monday, including a confirmed tornado in eastern Wake County.

The National Weather Service said an EF-2 tornado touched down in Wendell and Zebulon. The Enhanced Fujita scale puts the tornado’s wind speeds at 111 to 135 mph.

There were numerous reports of wind damage and hail.

But Tuesday morning was quiet, with temperatures across central North Carolina in the high 40s and low 50s. It was 10 to 20 degrees colder than Monday morning throughout the region.

The Triangle’s high will be 70 degrees.


The weather feels like the beginning of April, meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, as a flow is bringing cool air in from the north.

A high-pressure system is keeping skies mostly clear and sunny. Some clouds could move in during the afternoon.

High temperatures will be in the low 70s again on Wednesday before climbing into the 80s on Thursday.