North Carolina Weather April 16: 'Dangerous Tornadoes' (Videos)
Central North Carolina Remains Under a Tornado Watch Until 9pm Saturday April 16
In Raleigh, Durham, a tornado warning has been issued as a tornado has been spotted in the area.
A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 630 PM EDT FOR WAYNE COUNTY...
AT 603 PM EDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR GOLDSBORO... MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.
HAZARDS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE... A TORNADO.
LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THE STORM INCLUDE... EUREKA.
Residents are being advised to take cover and move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.
A band of destructive storms headed north on Saturday, and at least 17 people have been confirmed to have been killed by the weather system.
It was early Saturday evening, when what is being called a 'large' and 'extremely dangerous' tornado hit North Carolina, prompting emergency warnings.
We're expecting large violent tornadoes that are going to stay on the ground for a long period of time," said CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras. "This is a high-risk day," she added. "We only get a handful of days like this every year."
Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C., and Baltimore also were under tornado watches and warnings due to the weather system.
NBC17 has information on specific areas of North Carolina, and where emergency shelters are located.