5:43 p.m. – Tornado Warning issued for parts of Wayne, Sampson, Johnston counties
(Sampson County removed from warning around 5:55 p.m. Johnston County removed from warning around 6:02 p.m. )
Note: The warning was canceled around 6:33 for Wayne County
At 5:40 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located 12 miles southeast of Benson, or 13 miles south of Smithfield, moving east at 35 mph, the National Weather Service said.
“Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely,” forecasters said.
Locations impacted include Goldsboro, Walnut Creek, Pikeville, Newton Grove, Seven Springs, Mar-Mac, Brogden, Cliffs Of The Neuse State Park, Elroy and Grantham.
A storm system moving in from the west will bring another round of rain to central North Carolina on Tuesday, but it could also bring some severe storms.
The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a Marginal Risk (level 1 of 5) of severe weather for most of central North Carolina — within that area, the greatest threat will be to the south and east of the Triangle.
Off-and-on rain showers have kept temperatures in the 60s so far, but a brief warm-up to the 70s this afternoon will support at least some severe potential.
The most likely time for the strongest storms will be mid to late afternoon. Damaging straight-line winds will be the primary concern, but we’ll also be watching for the risk of an isolated tornado. Large hail and flooding are unlikely with this storm system.
It’s a borderline threat overall, but stay weather-aware this afternoon. The CBS 17 Storm Team will keep you updated on-air, online, and on social media throughout the day.