Amid water rescues, flash flood warnings issued for counties south of Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As one flash flood warning expired Friday night, two more were issued in central North Carolina as roads were blocked by flooding and water rescues were reported.

The new flash flood warning was issued at 10:35 p.m. for southwestern Wayne County, northern Sampson County and southern Johnston County, according to the National Weather Service.

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The latest warning lasts until 1:45 a.m. Saturday

“As of 10:34 p.m. emergency management reported ongoing flash flooding and water rescues in Newton Grove,” the weather service said.

Over 4 inches of rain has fallen and numerous roads are also closed.

“Heed any road closures and never drive around a barricade,” forecasters warned.

Locations that will experience flooding include Benson, Newton Grove, Hobbton, Grantham and Spivey’s Corner.

Around 11 p.m., a flash flood warning was also issued for southern Moore County, southern Harnett County,  Cumberland County and Hoke County. That flash flood warning is in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday.

At least three inches of rain had fallen in the warning area.

 Some locations that will experience flooding include Fayetteville, Southern Pines, Raeford, Fort Bragg, Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Godwin, Pope AFB, Antioch and Jerome.

A flash flood warning was issued Friday evening for parts of central North Carolina.

Earlier, heavy thunderstorms moved through Wake County Friday afternoon after various severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for the region.

The flash flood warning was issued at 7:50 p.m. for southwestern Wayne County, northern Sampson County, eastern Harnett County and all of Johnston County, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning is in effect until 10:45 p.m.

At 7:46 p.m. radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly, especially in Newton Grove where earlier thunderstorms produced over two inches of rainfall.

Earlier Friday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning just after 5 p.m. for northwestern Harnett County,  Lee County, southwestern Wake County,  eastern Chatham County and southwestern Durham County.

That severe thunderstorm warning lasted until 5:45 p.m., but storms were still moving through the region.

Severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 7 miles south of Carrboro to 11 miles southeast of   Pittsboro to near Sanford, moving east at 10 mph.

In an earlier warning, gusts of up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail were possible as a severe thunderstorm moved through Wake County, according to a warning issued by the National Weather Service Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The storm was located near Raleigh at 4:30 p.m. It was moving north at 15 mph, the NWS said.

“Hail damage to vehicles is expected,” the alert said. “Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.”

The warning lasted until 5:15 p.m.

Nash County and eastern Franklin County were also in a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m.

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