ALERT DAY: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Wayne County, parts of Sampson, Harnett and Johnston counties


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – There’s the chance for a few isolated strong to severe storms to fire up in central North Carolina Monday.

RELATED: CBS 17 Storm Team’s latest forecast

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued at 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. A tornado warning that was issued earlier was allowed to expire at 5:15 p.m.

At 10 p.m. – Severe Thunderstorm Warning

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 11:15 p.m. for Wayne County,  Northern Sampson County, Southeastern Harnett County and Southern Johnston County, the National Weather Service said.

Just before 10 p.m. a severe thunderstorm was located near Dunn, or 17 miles southeast of Lillington, moving east at 35 mph.

The severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the following counties: Alamance, Chatham, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Orange, Randolph, Sampson, Wake, Wayne, Wilson.

The Storm Prediction Center increased the severe weather threat to a slight risk – level two out of five on the scale – from Raleigh south and east. Everywhere else is under a marginal risk, which is a level one on the scale.

The best time for strong storms to develop will be from around 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., with the main threats being damaging wind and large hail. 

Keep an eye on the radar and watch CBS 17 for weather updates.

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