RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Friday is a CBS 17 Storm Team Alert Day as severe weather is possible. All of central North Carolina was under a risk for severe storms.

 At 5:41 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for East central Wake County and North central Johnston County until 6:15 p.m. The tornado warning was canceled early around 6 p.m.

At 5:06 p.m., thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain
  have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

At 5:45 p.m., a severe thunderstorm watch was issued until 10 p.m. for Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Vance, Warren, Wayne and Wilson counties.

At 6:55 p.m., a flood warning was issued for southern Wake County until 8:45 p.m. However, that warning was canceled early.

The National Weather Service said lingering flooding was caused by earlier heavy rainfall of 2 to 3.5 inches.

Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring. Several roads remain closed due to flooding. Expect many areas of slow moving or  standing water, the flood warning said.

Friday morning, after a line of storms that moved that prompted several severe thunderstorm warnings, a cold front will move through during the afternoon and there will be another chance of severe weather.

The biggest threat will be damaging downburst winds, at about a 15-25 percent chance. Large hail has a 5-10 percent chance. A tornado watch was also in effect for most of central North Carolina until 2 p.m. 

The counties in the tornado watch threat area include Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, Lee, Harnett, Nash, Moore, Hoke, Halifax, Vance, Warren, Granville, Person, and Franklin counties.


Several severe thunderstorm warnings have also rolled in throughout the morning from the National Weather Service.

The latest severe thunderstorm warning issued by NWS expired at 12 p.m. in Nash and Halifax counties.


A flash flood warning was also issued around 10 a.m. for southern Durham and southeastern Orange counties. This warning expired at 12 p.m.

Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across Chapel Hill and Durham. Between 1.5 and 2 inches of rain have fallen already. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible, NWS reports.

Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in these areas.