Trees down, power out as severe thunderstorm warning, flash flood warning issued for central NC areas

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Downed trees and power outages were reported Saturday after a severe thunderstorm with high winds and torrential rain moved through eastern Wake County.

Another severe thunderstorm warning was issued around 4:55 p.m. as storms continued to track across the region.

A flash flood warning was issued until 7 p.m. for areas of northeast Wake County and parts of Johnston County as heavy rains fell in the area.

Up to two inches of rain have already fallen, the flash flood warning said. A spotter reported nearly 3 inches of rain since 3 p.m. and flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Trees were reported down east of Knightdale along Wendell Boulevard between N.C. 97 and Rolesville Road. There were also about 2,000 customers without power northeast of Knightdale, according to Duke Energy.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued at 4:50 p.m. for northeastern Harnett County, northeastern Lee County, southwestern Wake County, west-central Johnston County and eastern Chatham County.

A of 4:51 p.m. the severe thunderstorm was located 9 miles west of Cary, moving southwest at 5 mph. This storm was part of a line of strong to severe storms extending from Chatham and Lee counties
across Wake and Harnett to Johnston county.

As with other warnings, 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail are possible in the storms. The warning is in effect until 5:45 p.m.

Locations impacted include Raleigh, Cary, Smithfield, Pittsboro, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Clayton, Angier, Apex and Holly Springs.

An earlier severe thunderstorm warning, which was allowed to expired at 4:45 p.m., was issued at 3:50 p.m. after severe thunderstorms were located along a line from 8 miles east of Raleigh to 7 miles north of Clayton to near Zebulon, moving south at 15 mph, the National Weather Service said.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph were expected during the storms.

Locations impacted were Raleigh, Smithfield, Wake Forest, Garner, Clayton, Knightdale, Micro, Selma, Emit and Flowers.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued earlier Saturday afternoon for parts of Wake and Franklin counties, officials said.

The warning was issued at 3:26 p.m. for east-central Wake County and south-central Franklin County, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m.

Forecasters said that wind gusts up to 60 mph were possible in the storm.

Locations impacted include Zebulon, Bunn, Wendell and Pilot.

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