WOODFIN, N.C. (AP/WAVY) — A tornado watch has expired for Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties in North Carolina as well as Outer Banks Dare.
The watch expired at 9 p.m. and meant conditions were favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to develop.
A severe thunderstorm warning expired at 8 p.m. for Bertie County and Southern Hertford County. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the storm was capable of producing winds in excess of 60 mph and penny-sized hail.
A tornado warning expired at 7:15 p.m. for Bertie County. According to the NWS, Doppler radar indicated a tornado around 6:30 p.m., about 10 miles north of Bethel or 12 miles east of Tarboro. The NWS said the storm was headed northeast.
A flash flood watch is still in effect for much of the western part of the state until 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Buncombe County authorities are conducting water rescues after a creek flooded in Woodfin, north of Asheville. At least 10 people have been rescued after the water flooded several homes. Three people were taken to a hospital for evaluation of possible hypothermia. No serious injuries have been reported.
At least three fire departments and the Red Cross were working in the area.
Another tornado watch expired Tuesday morning, but forecasters warned dangerous weather was still possible.