Hail, wind damage, flash floods all possible as severe thunderstorms pop up in central North Carolina

Severe Weather

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Damage from hail and wind, as well as flash flooding, are all possible Thursday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said.

Northern Person County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:30 p.m., the NWS said. A storm was located over Leasburg and was moving northeast at 20 mph. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible, the warning said.

Parts of Wake, Johnston, Franklin, Nash, and Wilson counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

A severe thunderstorm was located near Zebulon just before 3:45 p.m. It was moving northeast at 15 mph, the alert said.

Quarter-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts were possible in east-central Wake County, southwestern Nash County, southwestern Wilson County, northeastern Johnston County, and south-central Franklin County, the NWS said.

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

Then, around 4:15 p.m., the NWS issued a flash flood warning for central Harnett County until 6:15 p.m. It said thunderstorms possible of producing heavy rain were located. Up to 2 inches of rain has already fallen.

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