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Tornado watch for most of Eastern NC canceled

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NEW BERN, Craven County - UPDATE: The tornado watch for most of eastern North Carolina has been canceled by the National Weather Service.

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A tornado watch continues for a majority of eastern North Carolina by the National Weather Service.

The watch is in effect until midnight and currently includes all of our viewing area. That includes adjacent coastal waters such as the Albemarle Sound, Alligator River, Pamlico County, Pamlico, Pungo, Neuse and Bay rivers. It's also extended out past Raleigh and to the Outer Banks.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of eastern Edgecombe County, Martin County and Bertie County. It went out just before 7:30 p.m. and lasted until 8 p.m. in Martin County and 8:15 in Bertie County.

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A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado and that incoming weather could produce a tornado. Keep an eye open for conditions, watch NewsChannel 12 for the latest and use our weather or news app to keep up with the latest information.

A Severe Weather Alert Day is also in effect for Wednesday, according to StormTrack 12 Meteorologist Les Still.

A round of heavy storms is expected for late in the afternoon through early Thursday morning. Heavy downpours, damaging wind gusts and even an isolated tornado are possible between the hours of 5 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday.

Mainly cloudy skies and warm and humid conditions are expected for the morning commute into early Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to range from upper 70s to near 80 degrees.

Stormy conditions clear out by Friday, making way for the Memorial Day weekend.

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