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By Erin Smith

With the weather turning warmer and Easter weekend upon us, many people are planning cook outs and other outdoor activities. If you have outdoor plans for Friday evening, you may want to keep a watchful eye on the skies and listen to the latest weather forecasts as there is a potential for severe thunderstorms.

Steven Pfaff, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, said that while the threat of severe weather is there for southeastern North Carolina, some areas may not receive severe  thunderstorms.

The areas that do receive severe weather have the potential to receive 60 mile per hour or stronger wind gusts, according to Pfaff. The storms will push off shore overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

“Additional threats include isolated tornadoes, some hail and cloud to ground lightning,” said Pfaff.

Everyone is advised to listen closely to local weather forecasts on Friday.