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RALEIGH- The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 p.m. Thursday for Johnston County.
The watch includes the cities of Clayton, Selma and Smithfield.
Other counties included are: Wilson, Wayne, Nash, Sampson, Cumberland and Edgecombe.
A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes.
A watch does not mean that the severe weather is actually occurring, only that atmospheric conditions have created a significant risk for it.