The National Weather Service in Raleigh has issued a flood warning for the Neuse River from this morning to Friday afternoon or until the warning is canceled.

Wayne County and central North Carolina are also under a hazardous weather outlook with showers and thunderstorms expected Friday and Friday night as a strong storm system moves in from the southwest.

Damaging wind gusts, heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes will be the most likely hazards, although large hail may also occur, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Neuse River was at 17.51 feet. The flood stage is 18 feet.

The river is expected to rise above flood stage by this morning and continue to rise to 19.1 feet by Thursday morning. The river will fall below flood stage by Friday morning.

At 19.5 feet, Ferry Bridge Road begins to flood.

Motorists who encounter deep water while driving should not attempt to drive through areas with standing water.