After stormy night, quiet skies return
Posted June 20
Raleigh, N.C. — Triangle residents awoke to a quiet Friday morning after scattered thunderstorms knocked out power and brought down trees in some areas the night before.
Doppler radar showed no rain across central North Carolina at daybreak, although the humidity remained high.
“It’s pretty warm this morning,” WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said. “It’s definitely muggy as you’re stepping outside.”
Despite the moist air, conditions improved from overnight when downed trees and power outages were prevalent in Durham and other areas.
More than 3,600 Duke Energy Progress customers in Durham County were without power at one point. Two trees fell on a home on Gary Street in Durham, and a tree crushed a car on Dollar Avenue.
Pea-sized hail was reported in the area of Interstate 540 and Leesville Road in Raleigh. Dime-sized hail was reported in Fayetteville.
“We had wind damage and hail reports, which is what we thought we’d have with the storms yesterday,” Wilmoth said. “And if we get them again, that’s what we expect today.”
Spotty showers will return in the afternoon, and storms are possible again overnight, she said. The chance of rain on Saturday increases to 50-60 percent.
At least it will be slightly cooler. Friday’s high in Raleigh is expected to reach 91 degrees, compared with 98 degrees on Thursday.
High temperatures will stay in the upper 80s from Saturday to Monday, then return to the 90s on Tuesday.
Saturday marks the first official day of summer and the summer solstice, which occurs at 6:51 a.m. Daylight is expected to last 14 hours and 45 minutes – the longest of the year.