Storms move throughout eastern, central NC; watches, warnings issued

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches and warnings throughout central and eastern North Carolina.

A tornado warning remains in effect for northeastern Sampson County until 8:30 p.m.

Watches have been issued until 9 p.m. for 16 counties in the state including Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin, Wilson and Wake.

WTVD-TV reported that there was a report of a tornado on the ground near Stedman in Cumberland County. Officials reported some damage to homes in the area John Nunnery Road at Hancock Lane.

At least one mobile home had damage and there were reports some homes under construction were flattened. There were no reports of injuries.

In Fayetteville, the canopy over the pumps at a Kangaroo gas station at Pamalee Drive and Helen Street was knocked sideways by strong winds.

There was flash flooding in Fayetteville and in Wilson County.

In Fayetteville, some drivers got stuck in the rising water and had to be pulled from their cars on Bragg Boulevard.

Governor Pat McCrory just happened to be in the Fayetteville area for a scheduled event and said his entourage had to dodge flooding. Speaking to reporters, he said he was very concerned for the safety of North Carolina residents.

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