8PM UPDATE: The tornado watch in effect for most of central North Carolina was dropped Friday night around 8 p.m. Heavy rain and strong winds remain an issue for some into Friday night.

SATURDAY 1AM UPDATE: The flood watch in effect for most of central North Carolina was cancelled Saturday morning around 1:50 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Several watches and warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for the impacts of Hurricane Ian Friday across central North Carolina.

An initial flash flood warning was issued at 6:18 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Raleigh. The following counties are under a flash flood warning until 11:15 p.m.:

  • Chatham County
  • Cumberland County
  • Harnett County
  • Hoke County
  • Johnston County
  • Lee County
  • Moore County
  • Southwestern Nash county
  • Northwestern Sampson County
  • Wake County

The flood watch was canceled at 10:18 p.m. for Cumberland, Sampson, Edgecombe, Hoke, Wayne and Wilson counties.

An additional flash flood warning issued at 8:33 p.m. is set to continue through 11:30 p.m. Friday for Durham and Orange counties along with a few counties to the west of the CBS 17 viewing area.

According to the National Weather Service, between 1.5 and 3 inches of rain gave already fallen. One to two additional inches of rainfall can be expected.

The alert warns of life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.

The impacted locations include Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Southern Pines, Cary, Sanford, Smithfield, Raeford, Pittsboro, Lillington, Carthage, Fort Bragg, Siler City, Wake Forest, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Clayton, Pinehurst and Dunn.

The national Weather Service advises drivers to turn around when approaching flooded roads.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.