Fast-falling rain floods Cumberland, Hoke streets

Posted June 23, 2013

— Fast-falling rain caused flash flooding in parts of Cumberland and Hoke counties Sunday night, and more rain is possible every day this week.

Rain fell at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour in the Sandhills, bringing an estimated 2.45 inches of precipitation to Fayetteville, and 3 to 4 inches in Raeford.

Flash flooding also closed several streets in Fayetteville, including Cliffdale and Morganton roads. On Evanston Road, water caused an officer's police cruiser to get stuck in flood water.

There were no reports of injuries Sunday night.

Rain and afternoon and evening thunderstorms are in the forecast for the next six days.

"Big rains are likely to be a mainstay in our forecast," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "We have a lot of moisture in the atmosphere, heating, weak low pressure. With the heating of the day, the thunderstorms will easily fire up around lunchtime and continue into the afternoon and they'll be slow movers, so they have the potential to drop big amounts of rain."

The clouds and rain, he said, will likely keep temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s.

"By Wednesday and Thursday, we may start to see some lower 90s show up but only briefly," Maze said.


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