Residents in Mount Olive said winds knocked down trees and an awning at an Exxon station. Power at Mount Olive College went out twice and tornado alarms went off, viewer Ashley Stroud said.
Also in Duplin County, a cinder-block warehouse was leveled, a turkey house was damaged and a boat was pushed out of a yard across the street, county Emergency Manager Reid Southerland said. Most of the damage occurred along North Carolina Highway 403.
Scattered showers and storms were expected to continue throughout central North Carolina through Friday evening, most likely in areas southwest and east of the Triangle.
The chance of rain continues this weekend, with a slight chance of storms on Saturday afternoon and widely scattered storms possible in the evening.
"Here in the Triangle, the best chance of rain will come during the afternoon hours," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
The chance of rain increases on Sunday as a cold front pushes through.
Monday will bring less humid weather, with highs in the upper 80s and lowers in the upper 60s.