Severe Weather Moves Across Area; Minor Damage Reported

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Scattered storms began moving across the Triangle early Thursday afternoon, with severe weather advisories posted in several area counties.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for over a dozen counties until 9 p.m. Thursday. (

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According to the National Weather Service, numerous house fires have been reported in Cumberland County. Trees are reported down in Hoke County, with one-inch hail spotted. Trees are also reported down in the Coats community in Harnett County, as well as the Princeton area of Johnston County and near Delway in Sampson County.

The National Weather Service said thunderstorms moved across the area, with the strongest storms across locations north of Interstate 40. A few of those storms produced wind gusts over 40 mph, heavy rain, lightning and pea-sized hail.

An advancing cold front is expected to bring more showers and storms across central North Carolina throughout the early evening hours. The threat of severe weather is expected to diminish by 8 p.m., with overnight lows dipping into the 50s.

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