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Rainy day yields wrecks, flooding in usual places

Posted May 20, 2013

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— More than an inch of rain was recorded in Raleigh between Sunday at noon and Monday at noon, and the showers just kept on coming.

Low-lying areas in Raleigh and Durham reported flooding Monday afternoon, and the National Weather Service had issued a flood advisory.

The lower level of the parking deck at Crabtree Valley Mall was closed. Employees and shoppers were asked to move their cars to higher ground just before 4 p.m.

In Durham, flooding was reported at the intersection of Alston Avenue Taylor Street, on East Pettigrew at Sowell Street and on Drew Street.

Heavy rain fell in downtown Raleigh during the 3 o'clock hour, and more rain is in the forecast for Monday night and Tuesday. After a brief break, rain returns for Thursday and Friday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Wet roads were a factor in a tractor-trailer crash that closed part of Interstate 40 through Raleigh Monday, and reports of wrecks were piling up as traffic built into the evening rush hour.

"Take your umbrella, but take your patience with you, too," Gardner said. "Be careful traveling around. (The storms) are going to impact almost the entire viewing area through the afternoon and evening."

Temperatures climbed past the 70-degree mark by noon Monday. The forecast calls for highs in the mid-80s through the work week before sun returns on Saturday.

"The trough will weaken and drift east some tonight, so rain will become less likely, though still possible, tonight and Tuesday," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel. 

The damp conditions could even bring fog for the Tuesday morning commute. 

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  • mmtlash May 20, 2013

    hoping we have a warm sunny summerlike day next Monday...

  • zacksmill May 20, 2013

    This morning I witinessed a white SUV around 6:45 am doing 360's on I-40 west near Hwy 70. It hit the cables in the median and bounced back into the highway. Thankfully there were no other vehicles around it. The best thing DOT ever did was put the cables between the I-40 lanes to stop head-on collisions. I call them the 'spider web' because cars get stuck in the cables like flies in a web.

  • Obamacare survives May 20, 2013

    Most of today's rain will runoff and not be absorbed by the ground. It'll be 100 degrees and bone dry before you know it.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled drought.

  • unc70 May 20, 2013

    Remember all the flooding a couple of years ago at the ACC Baseball Championship in Durham. Think that was when Nana's flooded, too. Would have been the same week in May.

  • chrisnrali May 20, 2013

    ThomasL, when their done there, send them my way. I need a good foundation also.

  • chrisnrali May 20, 2013

    If one more person says we are in a drought, I may lose whats left of my mind.

  • anderson May 20, 2013

    "Yes...pay no attention to the decimal" anderson

    If you had previously viewed the shot, it did indeed show 7.39 inches for Goldsboro until it was changed. A day late and a dolar short, my firend.

    WRAL made a mistake? NEVER...lol. And I'm always a dollar to two short :)

  • UpChuck May 20, 2013

    "Yes...pay no attention to the decimal"
    anderson

    If you had previously viewed the shot, it did indeed show 7.39 inches for Goldsboro until it was changed. A day late and a dolar short, my firend.

  • WageSlave May 20, 2013

    Seven inches in Goldsboro?

    NeilNBob

    Yes...pay no attention to the decimal
    anderson

    Your late in the game Anderson.

    Typical Wral mistake, they changed it earlier. It did read over 7 inches earlier.

  • Obamacare survives May 20, 2013

    NeilNBob.....I rented that same one a couple of weeks ago. 3 out of 5 stars.

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