Severe Weather Risk - Wake County and Others Close Early to Prepare

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Part of the Triangle is under a Category 3 risk for severe weather Thursday.

The National Weather Service expanded its 'enhanced' area into the southern portion of the ABC11 viewing area. Raleigh. Johnston, Harnett, Lee, Moore and Cumberland counties are now all under an enhanced risk for severe weather Thursday.

A tornado watch has been issued for several North Carolina counties, including Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Mecklenburg, Moore and Orange counties.

Light and moderate rain moved into central North Carolina in the early morning hours. These showers will remain in the area until about noon.

Expect a second (and stronger) round of weather to move into the area in the afternoon.

The afternoon storms could bring heavy rain, damaging wind and isolated tornadoes.

It will be moving west to east, and the highest risk for severe weather is between 3 and 8 p.m.

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