People in central Johnston County and far southern Wake County scrambled for cover Friday afternoon amid reports of a tornado on the ground.
In the storm’s wake, residents reported large hail and high water in places.
At 5:04 p.m. Friday, a tornado was located over Angier, or 11 miles northeast of Lillington, moving east at 40 mph, the National Weather Service said.
At 5:27 p.m, the storm had shifted east, ending any tornado warning for Harnett and Wake counties, the National Weather Service said, but the radar-indicated circulation was close to Clayton and west of Smithfield.
At 6:07 p.m., a separate line of strong storms triggered multiple severe thunderstorm warnings for Durham, Johnston and Wake counties, according to the National Weather Service. Those storms mostly had shifted east of the Triangle as of 7:00 p.m.
While in the Triangle, those storms had the potential for 60 to 70 mph straight-line winds and quarter-sized hail, the National Weather Service said, affecting Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Garner and Clayton.
Friday’s severe weather caused some power outages in the Triangle, including for thousands of customers in southwest Wake County.
Most of the Triangle also is under a flood advisory or flash-flood warnings until 8:45 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. because of rainfall from the severe weather.
A tornado watch has been issued for Wake, Johnston and Chatham counties until 10 p.m.