ALERT DAY: Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Wake, Johnston, Harnett counties


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A line of thunderstorms crossing central North Carolina on Friday could produce a few strong to severe thunderstorms.

The Storm Prediction Center has the viewing area under a slight and marginal risk for severe weather from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Just before 4:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Wake, Johnston and Harnett counties. The warning was set to be in effect until 5:15 p.m. but was extended until 6 p.m.

Another severe thunderstorm warning was issued in Vance, Warren and Granville counties until 6:15 p.m.

Areas north of Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount are under the slight risk (2 of 5). Everyone else is under a marginal risk (1 of 5).

Main threats include damaging wind and large hail. The timing appears to be late Friday and after dinnertime.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for northern portions of central North Carolina until midnight.

The counties in North Carolina under the watch include Bertie, Camden, Caswell, Chowan, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Nash, Northampton, Person, Vance and Warren. Mecklenburg County in Virginia is also included in the watch.

Unsettled weather continues into the weekend.

There’s a better chance for a few thunderstorms on Saturday, with a few stronger storms possible. Most of central North Carolina is under the Marginal Risk (1 out of 5) for severe storms. The main concern is damaging wind and an isolated tornado.

On Sunday, there is a level one risk for severe weather along the Interstae-95 corridor and east.

A few storms could become severe during the afternoon and evening hours.

Be weather aware and watch CBS 17 for the latest weather developments.

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