Tornado reportedly touches down as storms spread across NC | News & Observer

A line of severe weather spread across North Carolina and into the Triangle on Sunday afternoon, with a tornado reportedly touching down in the Piedmont.

The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down near Greensboro in Guilford County. There were no reports of injuries.

Heavy rains moved through the Triangle late Sunday afternoon, with warnings of accompanying wind gusts ranging from 20 miles per hour to 60 mph.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect in the Triangle area until 8 p.m.

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Earlier Sunday, the National Weather Service had issued a Tornado Watch for 26 North Carolina counties, including Wake, Durham and Orange. That warning was in effect until 11 p.m. Sunday.

But by 8 p.m., the only report of a touchdown was the tornado in Guilford County.

Emergency officials cautioned people to watch for flooding on road areas.

The storms spread through the Charlotte area earlier Sunday afternoon, bringing heavy rains and wind and leaving downed trees and power lines.

Interstate 77 closed in both directions because of a road obstruction near exit 30, which caused traffic problems, WBTV reported.

Gov. Roy Cooper urged North Carolinians and those traveling through the state on Sunday to be aware of the potentially dangerous conditions.

It was seven years ago, on April 16, 2011, when North Carolina had 31 tornadoes reported in a span of a day. Downtown Raleigh was hit, as was Fayetteville.

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