Evening storms could ground holiday fireworks show

July 4, 2017 GMT

The leading edge of a disturbance that moved across Tennessee early Tuesday will likely reach central North Carolina in time to delay or ground holiday fireworks displays.

As the storms move east, they are picking up speed, which will put them in the central part of the state beginning at about 8 p.m.

“I can’t tell you that you’re going to be completely dry for this evening’s activities,” said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. “Not everybody is going to get wet. They’re going to be hit or miss.”

Maze said that people who are planning to be outside Tuesday night should have a contingency plan for when and if storms move through.

“If you are going to be outdoors, make sure you have a plan to get into cover if a thunderstorm does come on by,” he said.

The Works show in downtown Raleigh are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

″(We’re) hoping that there will be just a few breaks and a few holes and we’ll get the fireworks off in Raleigh and Durham, and anywhere else in our viewing area showing fireworks, without too much trouble,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.