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Residents begin cleaning up after storms and an apparent tornado rolls through NC on Tuesday

Storms moved through central North Carolina on Tuesday, prompting warnings of heavy rain and tornadoes.

Heavy rains hit Wake County and surrounding counties, causing accidents and delaying traffic for hours in Cumberland County.

Wake County was under a flash flood warning during the storms, with at least two inches of rain and minor street flooding reported in some areas.

One accident brought US 64 to a halt near the Walnut Street exit.

The weather also caused a crash between a car and a small school bus in Holly Springs.

Winds and apparent tornadoes also created a mess around central NC.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for Cumberland and Sampson counties on Tuesday. Both warnings were over by 8:15 p.m

Several residents on Facebook reported seeing a “small tornado” in Columbus County at Old Lumberton Road and Red Store Road. The National Weather Service has not confirmed whether a tornado touched down during Tuesday’s storms.

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In Red Springs in Robeson County, several residents reported downed trees, including a local county fire department.

Photo courtesy of Burnt Swamp Volunteer Fire Department.

Residents are now cleaning up and bracing for more rain tomorrow as central North Carolina is under a Level 1 risk for severe weather on Wednesday.

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