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Storms knock out power to thousands statewide; tornado warnings issued

Posted January 4, 2015

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— Tornado warnings were issued for Johnston, Wayne and Sampson counties Sunday afternoon as storms knocked out power for thousands across the state.

The warnings were canceled about 15 minutes after they were issued by the National Weather Service. No tornado damage was reported.

More than 3,000 customers were without power throughout North Carolina at one point, including nearly 300 in Wake County and about 800 in Nash County.

A line of strong showers and thunderstorms moved through parts of the Triangle, generating severe thunderstorm warnings in Wake, Harnett, Johnston, Wayne and Sampson counties.

Clouds will begin moving out early Monday, allowing sunshine and cooler air to move in behind the front.

Highs Monday and Tuesday will return to near normal, topping out in the low 50s both days under partly to mostly sunny skies.

On Wednesday, a blast of arctic air expected to impact the Midwest early in the week will begin to arrive in North Carolina.

Highs Wednesday will struggle to reach 40 degrees, and overnight lows will dip into the teens. On Thursday, Triangle temperatures could stay in the upper 20s, about 20 degrees below normal.

Sunshine will remain in the forecast for the bulk of the work week despite the cold temperatures.

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