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Tornadoes Touch Down Across North Carolina, Violent Thunderstorms Move Out to Sea

Throughout Friday evening, violent thunderstorms swept northeastward across the Carolinas, bringing tornadoes, golf ball-sized hail, severe lightning and damaging wind gusts more than 60 mph.

As the storm system moves off the coast, severe weather risks will dissipate into Friday night.

"Strong storms may yet bring gusty winds, heavy rainfall and frequent lightning across coastal sections of North Carolina from Hatteras Island through Morehead City," AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins Jr. said.

"That said, the worst storms have now pushed off the coast to the north of Kitty Hawk, with heavy rainfall a bigger issue across the Delmarva Peninsula."

Early Friday evening, two tornadoes were reported in North Carolina followed by more tornado reports as the storm system moved northeastward toward Richmond, Va.

A tornado was reported to have touched down in Castoria, Greene County, N.C., according to the county fire department.

Another tornado was reported near Aventon, Halifax County, N.C., according to the 911 call center.

Tornadoes were reported later in the evening in Chocowinity, Beaufort County, N.C., and near Rabbit Corner, Pasquotank County, N.C.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported throughout the state, with reports across Pitt and Halifax counties, N.C., according to an NWS spotter.

In addition, flash flooding created problems for motorists near Garysburg, Northhampton County, N.C., as waters reached car windows and stranded cars along the Jackson bypass roadway, according to county emergency management.

Numerous roads also remained impassable through the evening around Jackson, N.C., due to flash floods.