Severe storms lead to flash flooding; rain continues through Thursday
Posted September 27, 2016
Updated September 28, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Severe weather moved through the region Wednesday night, causing flooding, particularly in parts of Cumberland and Harnett counties.
As much as 6 inches of rain fell in Orange County Wednesday night while areas of Cumberland and Harnett counties saw about 4 to 5 inches of rain.
Water collected in several spots at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville and Fayetteville Fire and Emergency Management personnel responded to several weather related calls.
Six people were evacuated from a group home near Wayland Drive after floodwaters threatened the building. Several other residents in the area were assisted to safety, authorities said.
A driver was rescued from a flooded vehicle near Cliffdale Road and Regency Drive and several cars were stranded at the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and Carson Drive due to high waters.
Interstate 95 was backed up in Harnett County as flood waters covered at least one lane in two different sections of the roadway. Several drivers on I-95 Wednesday night got caught in the water or were involved in weather related crashes.
Severe thunderstorm watches expired for all counties before 10 p.m. and WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said severe weather would not be likely overnight, although rain was expected to continue for several hours.
"I don't think this rain is going to go anywhere anytime soon, so there may be more flash flood warnings overnight," Maze said.
Rain will be in the forecast again Thursday, with the chance for more severe storms and flash flooding.
"Have the rain gear in hand as you leave the house," Maze said.
The storms are the result of a cold front stalled over central North Carolina and Maze said that showers and thunderstorms will again be possible on Friday, but they will be less widespread.
Skies will clear for the weekend and the Wide Open Bluegrass street festival with highs around 80 degrees and widespread sun.