Published: 2014-08-12 17:31:00
Updated: 2014-08-13 13:03:36
Posted August 12, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Flooding, power outages, downed trees and water rescues were reported across the Triangle Tuesday night as severe thunderstorms pounded the region with more than three inches of rain.
"If you're in Raleigh, don't even go outside for the next hour and a half," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said at about 8 p.m. "The lightning is too dangerous."
Multiple businesses on the 1600, 1700 and 1800 blocks of Capital Boulevard, including the Milner Inn, Capital Inn and The Foxy Lady Cigar Bar and Nightclub, were evacuated due to flooding.
About 15 people were evacuated from the Capital Inn and 25 were rescued from the Milner Inn, officials said. Six people inside the Foxy Lady were also evacuated.
Firefighters used boats to reach those trapped.
"Real fast, real fast," is how Salvador De Jesus, who was staying at the Capital Inn, described the falling rain. "The cars are being flooded and then up top I tried to push everyone away from the rails because I know what lightning can do."
The severe weather resulted in multiple events across the Triangle:
No injuries were reported.
The storms are expected to clear up overnight, Maze said.
“It should feel a lot better on Wednesday,” he said.
Temperatures will stay in the mid to upper 80s under cloudy skies for the rest of the week before increasing to the low 90s next Monday and Tuesday.