Strong winds along the Grand Strand and coastal North Carolina could cause some downed branches and power lines before 6 p.m. Thursday, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Wilmington said Thursday.
A strong front moving across southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina is expected to cause strong wind gusts.
Meteorologist Steve Pfaff said the brief gusts of wind could get up to 50 mph could take down some power lines and trees or large limbs, which could result in power outages.
Some areas impacted by wind gusts include Conway, Garden City, Georgetown and Little River.
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Rain also could possibly move into the Grand Strand area Thursday evening, with about a 30 percent chance of precipitation.
Any rain that comes is expected to taper off by 3 a.m. Friday, and temperatures will drop to about 34 degrees with wind gusts up to 30 mph.
NWS meteorologists are calling for a less than 20 percent chance of freezing rain in coastal North Carolina counties with no accumulation.
“There is a very small chance of light freezing rain or freezing drizzle with NO accumulations just before sunrise for the northern Pender, northern Bladen, and coastal southeast North Carolina counties,” meteorologist Reid Hawkins said in an email.
Hawkins said he does not expect any impact to roads.
Friday’s forecast calls for cooler temperatures – with a high of 42 degrees – and a slight chance of rain or drizzle before 8 a.m.