Tornado warning expires for Cumberland County; severe thunderstorm watch canceled

Severe Weather

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hail and wind gusts up to 60 mph are possible as severe thunderstorms move through much of central North Carolina Sunday afternoon.

A tornado warning issued at 4 p.m. for southeastern Cumberland County was allowed to expire at 4:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

At 4 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Tobermory, or 15 miles south of Fayetteville, moving east at 40 mph, the weather service said.

Most of central North Carolina was is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. Sunday, but that was canceled early around 6 p.m.

Earlier, southwestern Chatham County and eastern Randolph County were under a severe thunderstorm warning until 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

Quarter-size hail and 60 mph wind gusts are possible, the warning said.

“Straight line winds can blow down trees, power lines, and damage mobile homes and other buildings. 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,” the NWS said.

South-central Wake County, Johnston County, Wilson County, northeastern Wayne County, southern Nash County, and southern Edgecombe County were under a warning that expired at 2 p.m.

A warning for southern Wayne County, northeastern Sampson County, and southeastern Johnston County expired at 2:15 p.m.

Parts of Wayne, Wilson, and Johnston counties were under a warning, which expired at 2:45 p.m.

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