Tornado watches, warnings expire after strong storms move through Piedmont Triad

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Update: As of 8 p.m. Friday, all Tornado Warnings and Tornado Watches have expired for the FOX8 viewing area.

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Overnight, the severe weather threat ramped up to a Moderate Risk — a 4 out of 5 on our threat index — for the majority of the FOX8 viewing area.

The Moderate Risk line has since shifted east. Forsyth County and counties west of Forsyth are now under a a level-3 Enhanced Risk.

From about 2 p.m. to about 8 p.m., the majority of the Triad is looking at a strong threat of potential tornadoes, damaging winds, flash flooding and, to a lesser degree, hail, according to FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd.

For much of the Triad, including Greensboro and Winston-Salem, the tornado probability is at 10%.

The main threat, however, is those damaging winds.

Byrd estimates winds up to 60 mph and reaching as high or higher than 100 mph.

“Unlike a tornado, which may have a very localized area of damage, these winds can produce damage over a very wide swath as they roar across the ground, so its a big, big deal,” Byrd said.

Hail is not as big a threat as the wind and tornadoes, but we cannot rule out large hail.

Conditions will quiet overnight leading into Saturday.

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