Residents begin clean up after storms, apparent tornado roll through NC Tuesday

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Storms Tuesday moved through central North Carolina and produced heavy rain and tornado warnings.

Heavy rain hit Wake County and surrounding counties, causing crashes and backing up traffic for several hours in Cumberland County.

Wake County was under a flash flood warning during the storms, with some areas reporting at least two inches of rain and minor street flooding.

One accident brought U.S. 64 near the Walnut Street exit to a standstill.

The weather also caused a crash between a car and a small school bus in Holly Springs.

Wind and apparent tornadoes also made a mess around central NC.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for Cumberland and Sampson counties Tuesday. Both warnings were over by 8:15 p.m.

Several residents on Facebook reported seeing a “small tornado’ touch down in Columbus County on Old Lumberton Road and Red Store Road.. The National Weather Service has not confirmed if a tornado touched down during the storms Tuesday.

In Red Springs in Robeson County, several residents reported downed trees, including a local fire department in the county.

Photo courtesy of the Burnt Swamp Volunteer Fire Department.

Residents are now cleaning up and bracing for more rain tomorrow, as central North Carolina will be under a level 1 risk for severe weather on Wednesday.