Tornado touched down Friday night, causing damage in Central NC, officials confirm


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities say that a tornado touched down in northern Harnett County on Friday night.

The EF-0 tornado was already seen on radar, but a survey team on Saturday confirmed the tornado touched down.

The twister was on the ground for about four minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado caused “intermittent tree damage,” officials said.

Winds downed several trees along Cool Springs Road in Harnett County near the area where the tornado was confirmed.

Fallen trees also took down power lines and blocked Buckhorn-Duncan Road near Holly Springs in Wake County

The Town of Chapel Hill reported a large tree was down, blocking Virginia Drive. 

In Chatham County, several trees were knocked down along Fall Creek Church Road near N.C. 902.

A flash flood warning was later issued until 9:30 p.m. for Durham County after about three inches of rain fell in a short period, according to the weather service.

Some flooding was also seen in Durham in the area of James Street at University Drive.

Also in Durham, flooding was seen at Hillandale Road and Sprunt Avenue and in an area of Morreene Road and American Drive.

Westover Road at U.S. 1 near Sanford was closed due to flooding.

About 100 power outages were reported, mostly in southwestern Wake County.

No injuries were reported.

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