RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The remnants of Harvey brought a strong series of storms across North Carolina Friday – spawning at least one tornado, damaging buildings and knocking out power to thousands.
The National Weather Service said a deputy confirmed a tornado was spotted about 12 miles from Lillington, near the Johnston and Wake line, authorities said.
Harnett Emergency Management said it believes the only damage from that tornado is a tree down on Rawls Church Road near Kennebec Road, however in Lee County the town of Sanford was hit hard by the storms.
There are no signs the tornado touched down.
Hail the size the size of dimes to golf balls fell in Fuquay-Varina. Lightning from the storms sparked two house fires hours apart in Holly Springs.
In Sanford in Lee County, two commercial structures are believed to have sustained significant damage from the storm with six to eight houses being damaged.
“It looked like a war zone from all the trees that had fallen down,” said Richard Holloway.
Holloway’s house sits at the corner of old Carbonton Road and Wilkins Drive. Holloway estimates at least eight trees came down in his yard. Several of them ended up in the road. Fortunately — not on his home. But they took lines down with them.
“It was crazy out there. Like you couldn’t even walk without getting blown away,” said Micah Holloway, 13.
Thousands in the Charlotte area are without power after the same system passed through.
Shortly before 8 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Cumberland County, including Fayetteville.
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A few thunderstorms are still possible Saturday before drier weather returns Sunday and Monday for Labor Day.
Elsewhere in the tropics, Irma went from a tropical storm to a Category 3 hurricane in just 12 hours on Thursday. The storm will stay out in the Atlantic through early next week and the path beyond that is still uncertain. If it were to impact the United States, it wouldn’t be until the weekend of September 9 & 10. We should have a better idea of where it’s going by Labor Day.
Today will be cloudy with showers likely and scattered strong to severe storms. The high will be 79; winds will be east around 5 mph. The rain risk will be 80 percent.
Scattered showers and storms will stick around tonight as temperatures fall into the mid and upper 60s.
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Saturday will still be cloudy with scattered showers and possible storms. The high will be 82. The rain risk will be 60 percent.
Sunday will be partly to mostly sunny with nothing more than a stray morning shower. The high will be 84, after a morning low of 67.
Monday, Labor Day will be mainly sunny and warmer. The high will be 88, after a morning low of 65.
Tuesday will also be sunny and close to seasonal. The high will be 88, after a morning low of 67.
Wednesday will be partly to mostly cloudy with a slight risk for showers and storms. The high will be 84, after a morning low of 68. The rain risk will be 40 percent.
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This forecast was prepared by the WNCN weather team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smarts phone apps.