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Flooding, thunderstorms, hail and even a tornado possible in NC Wednesday

The Autryville fire station was in ruins Wednesday morning after it was destroyed late Tuesday night by what weather officials say was an EF-1 tornado was an EF-1 with 105-110 mph wind. More bad weather is expected in the area on Wednesday.
The Autryville fire station was in ruins Wednesday morning after it was destroyed late Tuesday night by what weather officials say was an EF-1 tornado was an EF-1 with 105-110 mph wind. More bad weather is expected in the area on Wednesday. Chris Seward

Damaging wind, large hail, lightning, flooding and even a tornado is possible in central North Carolina on Wednesday, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and flood watch for central North Carolina.

The flood watch should expire late Wednesday night, but the threat of severe weather could linger through the Memorial Day weekend, forecasters said.

In addition to the warnings in the Piedmont, severe weather is possible across the state, forecasters said.

On Wednesday, a warm front will move north through central parts of the state as a cold front moves into the Piedmont from the west, the NWS forecast said. The two fronts will bring scattered thunderstorms with them, starting in the afternoon and continuing through the evening.

Some of these storms may become severe, with primary risks of large hail over one inch in diameter, and damaging wind gusts over 60 mph, the NWS said. An isolated tornado or two is also possible.

Sampson County spokesman Richard Carr said multiple structures were damaged after a tornado touched down there Tuesday.

Michael Bartlett captured video of a tornado passing by Autryville Baptist Church Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Autryville, N.C. Several homes and buildings were severely damaged and at least one person reported injured in the area. The Red Cross is a

The NWS confirmed that an EF-1 tornado, with estimated winds between 105 and 110 mph, hit the town of Autryville and the Bearskin community east of Fayetteville. The tornado caused property damage.

A flood watch remains in effect, as addiitonal 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall on the state, forecasters said.

Small hail could accompany most thunderstorms on Thursday and the most intense storms will be capable of producing large hail up to the size of golf balls, forecasters said.

On Friday and Saturday skies will be sunny and temperatures will hover in the 80s. Severe weather is not expected.

On Sunday and Monday, temperatures are expected to rise near 90, and the chance for showers and thunderstorms will be back in the forecast.

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