Quarter-size hail, 60 mph gusts possible as severe storms pop up in central NC

Severe Weather

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in central North Carolina Friday night. The storms brought chances of quarter-sized hail and strong wind gusts, the National Weather Service said.

Parts of Wake, Durham, Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties are in a severe thunderstorm warning until 8 p.m. Friday.

A severe thunderstorm was located near Sanford and was moving northeast at 35 mph. The warning is in effect for southwestern Wake County, southeastern Durham County, northwestern Harnett County, northeastern Lee County, and eastern Chatham County, according to the NWS.

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Then, just after 7:50 p.m., a line of severe thunderstorms was located along from 10 miles east of Pittsboro to 7 miles southwest of Cary. They were moving northeast at 35 mph. Those storms resulted in a warning for southern Granville County, northwestern Wake County, northeastern Chatham County, Durham County, and west-central Franklin County, the NWS said.

That warning expires at 8:45 p.m. Hail the size of half dollars is possible, but larger hail was spotted throughout the area.

One-inch sized hail was reported near Carpenter in Wake County while 1.5-inch hail was seen in west Cary and about a mile west of Morrisville, according to the National Weather Service.

Even larger 1.75-inch hail — golf ball sized — was spotted three miles northwest of New Hill in Wake County, the weather service said.

About a mile north-northeast of Lake Wheeler, 1-inch hail was also seen, officials reported.

Parts of Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, and Moore counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning until 7:15 p.m. Friday.

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

“For your protection, move into an interior room on the lowest flood of a building.”

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