Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts of Wake, Johnston, Franklin and Nash counties


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A second severe thunderstorm warning was issued Friday night after an earlier warning was allowed to expire.

The second warning was issued about 11:45 p.m. for southwestern Nash County, east-central Wake County, north-central Johnston County and southeastern Franklin County.

The National Weather Service said the warning is in effect until 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

“At 11:43 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located near Zebulon, or 19 miles south of Louisburg, moving east at 40 mph,” the warning said.

Forecasters said to expect 60 mph wind gusts, which could cause damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include Zebulon, Bunn, Spring Hope, Middlesex, Pilot and Emit.


Parts of Moore, Lee, and Chatham counties were in a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:45 p.m., according to an alert from the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph and damage caused by straight-line winds were possible, the alert said.

A line of severe thunderstorms was located extending from 11 miles southeast of the North Carolina Zoo to 6 miles east of Ansonville. The storms were moving east at 25 mph, the NWS said shortly after 9:45 p.m.

The warning was in effect for Moore County, Lee County, and southern Chatham County, in addition to central Anson County, southeastern Montgomery County, and northern Richmond County.

“Straight line winds can blow down trees, power lines, and damage mobile homes and other buildings,” the alert said. “Seek shelter in a sturdy structure until the storm has passed. Stay away from windows as flying debris generated by damaging winds can be deadly.”

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