Flooding concerns after tornado confirmed in central NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities said that a flash flood warning was activated for Durham County after there was a confirmed tornado in central North Carolina Friday night.

A 6:45 p.m., the tornado was eight miles southeast of Fuquay-Varina moving northeast at 30 mph, the National Weather Service said. 

A tornado warning was issued until 7 p.m. for north-central Harnett County, southwestern Wake County, and southeastern Chatham County.

The warning was allowed to expire at 7 p.m.  A flash flood warning was later issued for areas near Durham.

At 7:05 p.m. a severe thunderstorm showing weak signs of rotation was located near Fuquay-Varina, or 10 miles south of  Cary, moving north at 30 mph, the National Weather Service said.

A severe thunderstorm warning for much of Wake County was issued until 7:45 p.m. after the tornado warning expired. Winds downed several trees along Cool Springs Road in Harnett County.

The Town of Chapel Hill posted a photo on Twitter of a downed tree on Virginia Drive. 

Westover Road at U.S.1 near Sanford was closed due to flooding. Some flooding was also seen in Durham in the area of James Street at University Drive.

A flash flood warning was issued until 9:30 p.m. in Durham County after radar indicated heavy rain continuing over Durham with an estimated 2 to locally 3 inches of rain had fallen around Durham. Any additional heavy rain will likely produce flash flooding. 

Some locations that will experience flooding include Durham, Rougemont, Lake Michie, Gorman, Parkwood, Bahama, Bethesda, Rollingview Marina, Research Triangle and Eno River State Park.

About 100 power outages were reported, mostly in southwestern Wake County.

The Town of Chapel Hill posted a photo on Twitter of a downed tree on Virginia Drive. 

Earlier, at 6:40 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 9 miles northwest of Lillington, moving northeast at 30 mph.  That storm later was confirmed to contain a tornado, according to the weather service.

Locations impacted include Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, New Hill, Harris Lake Boat Launch, Raven Rock State Park, Shearon Harris Reservoir, Duncan and Lake Jordan.

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