NC weather: Tornado Warnings expire, but Severe Thunderstorm Warnings remain

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Severe weather is moving through central North Carolina on Monday morning.


  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Cumberland; Harnett; Hoke; Lee; Moore; Scotland counties until 8:15 a.m.

Just before 6:50 a.m., the First Alert Weather Team got confirmation of a tornado on the ground spotted 7 miles south of Mebane headed toward Hillsborough. Don “Big Weather” Schwenneker and Brittany Bell identified this as a radar-confirmed tornado around 6:35 and had been tracking it all morning.

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch until noon for the entire central North Carolina area. A Wind Advisory is also in effect until 4 p.m.


More than 100,000 Duke Energy customers in North and South Carolina were without power as of 5:45 a.m.

Here’s a play-by-play time frame of what to expect for central North Carolina throughout Monday:

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Monday Morning
This is when conditions will be the worst. Severe thunderstorms will erupt during this time frame with the main line of storms arriving in our western counties by 7 a.m. The main threat will be damaging straight-line winds with gusts over 60 mph. There may also be flooding, downpours and large hail. In addition, there is the possibility of a tornado for all of central North Carolina, however, the most likely place to see an isolated tornado will be in the sandhills and west of the sandhills.

Monday Afternoon
By Afternoon there may be a lingering shower in a few spots across central North Carolina, but this is when most of us begin to dry out. It will still be windy even after the storms have passed. Then by late afternoon, some sunshine will break through the clouds and allow temperatures to rise into the low 80s.

Monday Night
Monday evening and night will be mostly clear and much cooler with overnight lows in the upper 40s/low 50s.

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