Flood warning expanded as up to 6 inches of rain possible in central NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — It was a very wet start to the work week as moderate to heavy rain continues to move across central North Carolina through Tuesday morning.

A Flood warning was issued around 6:30 p.m. Monday for Wayne County, northeastern Sampson County, Wake County, Johnston County and Durham County.

RELATED: Flooded roads, dozens of crashes across Central NC as rain continues

Just after 10 p.m., a Flood Warning was expanded until 6:45 a.m. Tuesday to the following counties: Person, southern Vance, Nash, Edgecombe, Granville, Wilson and Franklin.

In the original Flood Warning area, which lasts until 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, 2 inches of rain had fallen already and about 2 more inches is forecast through Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.  This could lead to area roads being covered with water and creeks and streams rising out of their banks.

Another warning was issued about 7:20 p.m. for Orange, Harnett, Lee, Chatham and other counties, to be in effect until 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. The areas have received 2 to 4 inches, with 5 inches in spots, and could get another 1 to 2 inches.

Meanwhile, a Flood Watch is in effect for all of central North Carolina until 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Rainfall totals ranging from 3 to 5 inches will be possible in the watch area through Tuesday morning. Some locally higher amounts will be possible, especially in areas south of the Triangle. Fayetteville and surrounding areas could see 6 inches of rain or more.

The Haw River in Chatham County will likely reach minor flood stage Tuesday morning. The Tar River at Tarboro will reach minor flood stage by Thursday evening and continue rising through Friday evening.

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Widespread rain will continue throughout the day Monday. Rain will be heavy at times and a few storms will also be likely. While storms are possible, severe weather is not expected at this time.

Low pressure will move up the east coast on Tuesday and take the heavy rain chances with it toward the Northeastern U.S. Scattered showers will impact central North Carolina through Tuesday afternoon before the wet weather pulls out to the northeast.

This will be the most rain at one time central North Carolina has seen since Hurricane Matthew hit in October 2016.

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