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Flash flood watch issued for Johnston County

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RALEIGH — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Johnston County from Wednesday night through Friday morning.

Hurricane Dorian is expected to track northeastward near or just off the North Carolina coast Thursday through Friday. Bands of heavy rain will spread over eastern portions of central North Carolina starting early Thursday morning, lasting through Friday morning.

Johnston County towns included in the flash flood watch are Smithfield, Selma and Clayton.

From early Thursday through Friday morning, heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Dorian will overspread eastern North Carolina starting early Thursday morning, impacting locations mainly along and east of the I-95 corridor. Storm total rainfall of 4 to 8 inches is possible.

This heavy rain will bring a risk of flash flooding, along with rapid rises on area creeks and rivers.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

Other counties under this flash flood watch are Edgecombe, Wilson, Harnett, Wayne, Scotland, Hoke, Cumberland and Sampson.