RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Amid a severe thunderstorm watch for much of central North Carolina until 9 p.m. Thursday, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for several counties.

The final severe thunderstorm warning was issued for south-central Moore and western Hoke counties and was allowed to expire at 7:15 p.m.

Storms moved through the region from the northwest to the southeast Thursday afternoon.

Durham fire officials said lightning from the storms sparked a house fire.

According to Duke Energy, there were nearly 12,000 customers without power following the storms.

As of 6:45 p.m., about 8,000 outages were reported in Durham and Orange counties. There were about 1,000 outages in Wake County. Pittsboro appeared to be the hardest hit in central North Carolina with about 2,000 power outages.

By 10:30 p.m., there were fewer than 1,000 power outages in the region, according to Duke Energy.

The last storm to move through Wake County was near Raleigh, heading southeast at 25 mph. Forecasters said 60 mph wind gusts and penny-size hail are possible in the storms.

“Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees,” the warning said.

Areas in the path of the severe thunderstorm include Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Clayton, RDU International, Knightdale, Wendell, William B Umstead State Park, Flowers and Lake Benson.