ABC11 meteorologists said a tornado touched down in Orange County near Mebane. Kirby Saunders, Director of Orange County Emergency Services, said the Gildan Mebane Distribution Center on East Washington Street was damaged.
Orange County officials later said three buildings were damaged in Mebane by heavy winds.
The county has not been able to confirm whether the damage was caused by a tornado, but Saunders said several callers to 911 reported seeing a funnel cloud.
At 5:18 pm from the Gildan Distribution Center, the county received several more calls, including reported damage to Frazier Road and Mace Road, including fallen trees and downed power lines.
30 employees were inside the distribution center when the storm struck and ripped off large chunks of an exterior wall. There were no injuries reported.
The county would work with any residents who might be displaced and need emergency housing assistance.
The storm also damaged several natural gas lines. Utility crews were working to secure those lines.
The risk for severe weather Friday has increased to a level 3 of 5 and includes a chance for isolated tornadoes.
ABC11 is in First Alert Mode because of threatening weather. Warnings and storms are popping up and residents need to be alerted for tornadoes as a watch has been issued for all of central North Carolina until 10 pm Friday.
There are also reports of trees down across the area. Crews in Cary were working to clear one on Yates Mill Road on Friday afternoon.
Another tree landed on a house in Wake Forest.
Heavy rain also came outside the General Aviation Terminal at RDU about mid-afternoon.
Damaging winds are the most likely to accompany storms in this system. Those winds could gust up above 58 miles per hour. In addition, conditions have increased the chance that hail and tornadoes could develop. Those risks are higher in the northern part of central North Carolina, extending down as far south as Raleigh.
This storm front is moving into the region already spawned several tornadoes that whipped through areas of Texas and Oklahoma. The system is pushing through Atlanta on Friday morning.
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Durham Public Schools closed early Friday due to the risk of severe weather. Johnston County Schools and Wake County Public School Find area school closings here.
Starting around 3 or 4 pm, isolated storms could start developing ahead of the main line of storms. These popup storms could just as strong as the storms in the mainline.
That mainline will push into the region around 7 or 8 pm
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The chance for severe weather will linger through about 11 pm Isolated showers could still happen overnight into Saturday.
Signs of rotation in this severe storm over parts of Wake and Durham counties. This storm has a history of frequent lightning and hail. Stay alert with this cell … could see the rotation tighten up and a tornado warning could be issued. pic.twitter.com/1qi6YCoXQA
– Steve Stewart (@ StewartABC11) May 6, 2022
Saturday morning will be mostly dry. Isolated, but not severe, storms could pop up Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will be cooler Saturday – just getting up to the low to mid-70s.
Mother’s Day on Sunday will be mostly dry, cloudy and cooler. High temperatures Sunday may not even reach into the 60s.
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