The National Weather Service put Johnston and Harnett counties under sever thunderstorm alerts during the evening, and they posted an advisory about possible urban and small-stream flooding in Wake County. Johnson County was under flash-flood watches into early Saturday. Small-stream flooding advisories were posted for Cumberland, Hoke, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland and Wayne counties.
In Fuquay-Varina, firefighters and emergency medical workers evacuated 62 residents from the Brighton Manor Nursing Home, on Sunset Drive, where power went out during the storm a falling tree damaged the building and a backup generator failed.
Firefighters put out a small fire in an electrical box, but determined that the facility was unfit for the elderly people to stay in. No one was hurt in the storm, however.
EMS workers from Wake and Harnett counties arranged for people to be taken to several other nursing homes in the Triangle, and the project drew heavily on Wake County's ambulance capacity.
The weather service said six tornadoes had touched down in the Triangle and one in the central part of the state, and residents reported funnel clouds and widespread damage in Wake, Johnston and Harnett counties. Damage continued to be reported to the National Weather Service from all over the WRAL-TV viewing area.
Another report said a tornado touched down at Clayton Middle School on Guy Road at about 6:15 p.m. There were also multiple reports of a funnel clouds on N.C. Highway 42 about six miles west-southwest of Clayton.
Friday's rain wasn't expected to significantly help the nearly 20-inch rain deficit that has developed across the region as North Carolina suffers through a summer-long drought. It did do some good, though.
No more rain is in the near-term forecast for the area.