Stretch of I-40 closes, reopens after storms flood roads in Sampson County

Severe Weather

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Thursday evening for the northeastern parts of Sampson County as storms crawling through the area dumped rain and left damage.

Law enforcement reported flash flooding on Interstate 40 in Sampson County, according to the 6:13 p.m. NWS alert. A North Carolina Department of Transportation alert said westbound lanes of I-40 just over the Duplin County line are closed from exit 364 (NC-24) to exit 355 (US-117).

The road reopened around 9:30 p.m.

NC-50 was closed near Hollingsworth Road in Piney Grove. The road was impassable, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

A CBS 17 crew also observed flooding along Hudson Road near Cabin Museum Road in Sampson County.

Sampson County was in a tornado warning until 6:15 p.m.

Parts of Moore, Harnett, Lee, Hoke, and Chatham counties were also placed in a severe thunderstorm warning until 6 p.m., the NWS said. That alert warned of winds up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail.

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