Temperatures soared into the upper 80s and moist unstable air is flowing down from Virginia.
Weather spotters reported tornado damage at Courtney Elementary School in Yadkinville located at Courtney-Huntsville Road
Authorities in Edgecombe County said that a water rescue was underway in Rocky Mount on Wednesday night.
Firefighter Joey Conrad says he was with three other firefighters and three of their friends at the time the tornado hit.
“It’s hard, very hard, I’ve never been through nothing like this, never,” Turner said.
“I started hearing the noise.. the tornado is going through Autryville right now,” said Michael Bartlett on the video
Heavy rain is also falling between Raeford and Fayetteville.
In the storms, there could be quarter sized hail and 60 mph winds, according to forecasters.
The WC-130J and NOAA G-IV aircraft were on display for the public to tour.
Hurricane force winds greater than 74 mph can easily destroy buildings, mobile homes and other structures.