According to the NWS’s Raleigh office, the tornado warning issued for Sampson County, North Carolina, has been cancelled. Around 12:30 p.m. EST, storm conditions began to improve as the storm moved east out of the Wallace area. Rainfall measured in the area just a few minutes ago is down 55 dBZ in the hardest hit areas.
On Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service station in Raleigh, North Carolina, issued a tornado warning for the areas in southeastern Sampson County until 12:30 p.m. EST. At 12:08 p.m., Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm forming in the area with capabilities of producing a tornado.
The storm cell is currently located just south of Harrels and around 10 miles southwest of Wallace. The storm is moving southeast at 20 mph, and staying consistently strong.
There have been no reports regarding a touchdown of a tornado. Swirling funnel clouds were reported to be seen in the area.
Winds in upwards of 100 mph could be expected for the hardest hit areas. Ping pong ball size hail will also accompany the severe storm conditions as the cell moves across the southeastern part of the state.
Very heavy rainfall has hit the areas surrounding Wallace. Measurements of precipitation above 65 dBZ have been recorded in some areas.
By Alex Lemieux
ABC 11 Raleigh: SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
Weather Underground: Raleigh-Durham Radar NEXRAD Station RAX
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