Severe thunderstorm warnings pop up in central North Carolina

Severe Weather

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Parts of central North Carolina are under a severe thunderstorm warning as a cold front produced storms in the area late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

Wayne, Sampson, southern Wilson, and eastern Johnston counties are in a severe thunderstorm warning until 9:45 p.m. The National Weather Service said at 8:45 p.m. that severe storms were located along a line extending from near Smithfield to about 9 miles southwest of Clinton. They were moving east at 25 mph.

Damage to roofs, siding, and trees should be expected as the storms are capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts, the NWS said.

“Straight-line winds can blow down trees, power lines, and damage mobile homes and other buildings. Seek shelter in a sturdy structure until the storm has passed. Stay away from windows as flying debris generated by damaging winds can be deadly,” the warning said.

Northern Person County was under a warning until 6:30 p.m. after a severe thunderstorm was located over Leasburg. It was moving northeast at 35 mph, the NWS said.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the NWS said a severe thunderstorm was located north of Asheboro and was moving northeast at 30 mph. Because of it, west-central Chatham County and southern Randolph County were under a warning until 5:45 p.m.

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