Severe weather risk continues through Saturday afternoon

Areas in dark green are at a marginal risk to see severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon. (Photo credit: WLOS Weather)

Thunderstorms in some areas of North and South Carolina have a chance to reach severe strength Saturday afternoon and evening.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a marginal risk for some areas in Western North Carolina extending east into the Piedmont, as well as the vast majority of the Upstate of South Carolina. A marginal risk is the lowest category and assumes a five percent risk for the warned areas.

Severe strength wind gusts will be the main threat with any thunderstorms that form in the afternoon. Gusts of over 60 mph will be possible, strong enough to topple trees and power lines.

If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your area, seek shelter inside a sturdy structure immediately. Get away from windows and door and wait for the storm to pass.

Stay with News 13 through the afternoon for frequent updates if they become necessary.

The News 13's WLOS Weather App (Apple / Android) can alert you to any severe weather in your area as soon as warnings are issued.