RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — As storm cells continued to pour down rain across our viewing area Wednesday afternoon and evening, several severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings went into effect on top of the already in place severe thunderstorm watch that was over much of central NC through 11 p.m.

COUNTIES UNDER SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

More than two dozen North Carolina counties were under a severe thunderstorm watch threat through 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Counties impacted by the warning through 11 p.m. were Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Granville, Lee, Nash, Warren, Vance, Alamance, Anson, Davidson, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Guilford, Halifax, Montgomery, Moore, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Stanly, Wilson, Johnston and Wayne.

These storms were scattered and seen anywhere from strong to severe within the watch area into the evening hours, the National Weather Service said.

COUNTIES UNDER SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

Warnings began rolling in around 6:45-7 p.m. across central North Carolina with the latest severe thunderstorm warning issued at 10:45 p.m. that lasts until 11:30 p.m. for parts of Sampson and Johnston counties.

Additionally, as of 10:20 p.m., parts of Harnett and Cumberland counties were under a warning through 11:15 p.m.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

Thunderstorms producing heavy rain are causing flooding in and around the Knightdale area with up to 3 inches of rain as of 8 p.m. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected in:

  • Southwestern Franklin County
  • Northeastern Johnston County
  • Southwestern Nash County
  • Northeastern Wake County
  • West Central Wilson County

The warning remained in effect through 10:30 p.m.