RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued across central North Carolina.

The latest update from the National Weather Service in Raleigh as of 6:42 p.m. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for:

  • Northeastern Harnett County;
  • Northeastern Lee County;
  • Wake County;
  • Central Johnston County;
  • Southeastern Chatham County.

The previous warning listed all of Harnett and Lee counties, as well as southwestern Wake and Chatham, central Orange and Durham counties until 7:15 p.m. Additionally, northwestern Wake and northeastern Chatham counties picked up warnings, too.

This new set of warnings was detected at 6:12 p.m. near Carrboro, that is seven miles south of Chapel Hill moving northeast at 40 mph.

The initial thunderstorm was detected by radar at 5:52 p.m. southeast of Sanford moving 45 miles per hour.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph can be expected, along with penny-sized hail, damage to roofs, siding and trees.

Additionally, the areas of Raleigh, Cary, Smithfield, Lillington, Wake Forest, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Clayton, Dunn and Zebulon are currently asked to take precautions.