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Earlier a Tornado Warning was issued for Warren and Vance counties until 9:45 p.m., so far there are no reports of any damage.
Transformer went out near Harrison Pointe Shopping Center in #Cary most of the area is in the dark. Crews working to restore power. Town officials not sure if weather caused the outage. #ncwx #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/ot26OonbJv— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) April 16, 2018
Across the Triangle, more than 5,000 people were reported to be without power.
The following counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 12:45 a.m: Chatham, Durham, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange and Wake.
.@DukeEnergy @NCPublicSafety is monitoring the possible threat of severe #ncwx and will deploy resources to affected areas, along with first responders. If #DukeEnergy customers experience an outage, they can text OUT to 57801 or call 1-800-POWERON #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/Vq8EigTUcY— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) April 15, 2018
Up to two inches of rain have already fallen in parts of our area and the National Weather Service says flash flooding is expected to begin soon.
According to the NWS, flash flooding is extremely dangerous. Numerous roads and low lying areas will quickly flood. Flood waters will also threaten some homes and businesses. If you are experiencing flooding or live in a flood prone area, move to higher ground.
The following counties are under a Tornado Watch:
Alamance, Anson, Caswell, Chatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Vance, Wake.
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The Tornado Watch is in effect until 11 p.m.
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A tornado watch has been issued for parts of central North Carolina until 11pm. pic.twitter.com/xyIikWrzuC— Brittany Bell (@BrittanyABC11) April 15, 2018
The main threat is for damaging straight-line winds; however the tornado risk has increased as well. Timing for severe weather will be 8 p.m. in our western counties, 9-10 p.m. in the Triangle and 11 p.m. along the I-95 corridor. Please be weather aware this evening. We'll keep you updated...
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