Severe thunderstorm warnings expire but strong storms possible in central NC over next 4 to 6 hours

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Strong storms are possible in central North Carolina Saturday night, weather officials said.

The storms will cross the Triangle through the next four to six hours, the National Weather Service said around 5:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued and allowed to expire for Lee, Moore and Chatham counties. A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for northern Orange County but was allowed to expire at 7:30 p.m.

The main danger in the warnings were wind gusts up to 60 mph, forecasters said.

“Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees,” the warnings from the weather service said.

Already the airport at Greensboro reported a gust near 50 mph, officials said

“Gusts to around 50 mph are likely and will arrive ahead of the rain,” the weather service said.

While severe storms are not expected in central North Carolina, there is a marginal risk (1 on the 1-5 scale) for portions of the western Triangle area.

A special weather statement was issued around 5:20 p.m. for Person County.

Forecasters warned that winds could knock down tree limbs.

On radar, the line of storms appears to first be headed for northern areas of North Carolina with southern parts hit later as the system moves through.

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