The National Weather Service Raleigh issues a flash flood warning and flood advisory

Hannah Leyva and Rodney Overton

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Several rounds of storms triggered two flash flood warnings and some severe thunderstorm warnings in central North Carolina on Saturday.

A new flash flood warning was issued between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in west-central Wake County, the National Weather Service said.

The warning said that Doppler radar indicated the occurrence of thunderstorms leading to heavy rain in the warned area.

The warning stated: “Severe flooding is continuing or expected to begin soon.”

Just before 2:20 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 3 p.m. for northeast Edgecombe County and southeast Halifax County, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service in Raleigh earlier issued a flash flood warning for the west-central portion of Wake County, which expired at 1 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued just before 12:30 p.m. and later expired at 1:15 p.m. for north-central Harnett County, northeastern Lee County, southwestern Wake County and eastern Chatham County, according to the National Weather Service.

According to forecasters, “life-threatening flash floods” were expected due to the heavy amount of rain resulting from the morning thunderstorms.

Areas under a flash flood warning include Raleigh, Cary, RDU International Airport, Morrisville, Research Triangle, William P. Omstead State Park and Carpenter.

According to NWS Raleigh, up to an inch more rain was possible in areas under a flash flood warning and flash flood warning.

A previous severe thunderstorm warning said a severe thunderstorm was located 10 miles west of Fuquay Varina, or 12 miles northeast of Sanford, and moving north at 25 mph.

The storm had 60 mph winds, heavy rain and lightning.

Areas in the warning included Raleigh, Cary, Pittsboro, Fukui-Varina, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Broadway, Crosswinds Boating Center and Crosswinds Campground.

Rivers, creeks, creeks and other low-lying, flood-prone locations are most at risk of flooding.

Forecasters remind people to “turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads.” According to the warning, most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

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