Tornado watch issued for nearly all North Carolina counties until midnight


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The most severe weather threat central North Carolina has seen in a little more than three years has forced nearly every North Carolina county to be under a tornado watch. 

Tornado watch? Tornado warning? What’s the difference?

“Confidence continues to grow with respect to the severe weather potential Friday afternoon and evening,” the National Weather Service – Raleigh said. 

Dare and Hyde counties are not under the watch. 

Orange, Person, and Alamance counties were under a tornado warning briefly Friday morning but it expired without incident. Later, counties such as Vance and Granville were under a warning. 

Click here for the latest on Friday’s severe weather threat

Some of the counties under a watch until midnight are: 

  • Alamance
  • Alexander
  • Alleghany
  • Anson
  • Ashe 
  •  Avery
  • Burke
  • Cabarrus            
  • Caldwel
  • Caswell              
  • Catawba            
  • Chatham             
  • Cleveland            
  • Davidson          
  • Davie               
  • Durham              
  • Forsyth            
  • Gaston              
  • Granville            
  • Guilford            
  • Harnett             
  • Hoke                
  • Iredell            
  • Lee                 
  • Lincoln              
  • Mcdowell            
  • Mecklenburg         
  • Montgomery          
  • Moore              
  • Orange              
  • Person              
  • Polk                
  • Randolph            
  • Richmond            
  • Rockingham          
  • Rowan               
  • Rutherford          
  • Scotland            
  • Stanly              
  • Stokes              
  • Surry              
  • Union               
  • Wake                
  • Watauga
  • Wilkes
  • Yadkin               

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