Fishel: NC to get 'good soaking'; flooding possible

Posted July 11, 2013

— Widespread showers and thunderstorms poured into central North Carolina on Thursday afternoon ahead of a slow-moving cold front that sagged into the western part of the state.

When that cold front combined with a huge disturbance in the upper atmosphere Thursday night, the rain intensified, ushering in a wet period that will last through the weekend, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

"It looks like everybody is going to be dealing with this rain activity over the next couple of days," Fishel said. "With the soggy, saturated ground, flooding is definitely possible."

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for much of central North Carolina from 10:45 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. WRAL Severe Weather Weather Alert Center

Heavy showers moved into western and southern portions of Wake County shortly after 3 p.m., dumping rain on parts of Raleigh, Apex and Cary.

The southern counties began seeing torrential rains around 4 p.m., including parts of Fayetteville.

Rainfall projections show North Carolina's coastal and eastern counties getting up to 3 inches of rain in the next few days, while the Triangle, Sand Hills and central counties will see up to 1.5 inches.

"It will be a good soaking for the entire state," Fishel said. 

Daytime highs on Thursday topped out in the mid-80s, a few degrees below normal for the middle of July. Temperatures will linger in the low 80s Friday and Saturday before steadily climbing to 90 degrees by the start of next week.

The approaching frontal system generated dozens of storm reports in the Ohio Valley Wednesday, delaying flights at several airports in Mid-Atlantic states. Every flight arriving and departing from Raleigh-Durham International Airport late Wednesday was delayed – some by two to three hours.

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Tracking Chantal's remnants

Tropical Storm Chantal was downgraded Wednesday to a tropical wave as its scattered clouds drifted quickly westward toward Jamaica. But heavy rains from the weakened system continued to drench parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and force the evacuation of thousands from flood-prone areas.

What was once a fast-moving storm began degenerating late Wednesday afternoon about 230 miles (370 kilometers) east-southeast of the Jamaican capital of Kingston.

Its remnants still packed maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph), but a reconnaissance plane found that Chantal lacked the closed circulation necessary to be classified as a storm.

"It's fallen apart, but it still has the chance to come up the East Coast and generate rainfall in parts of Florida," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner of Chantal's remnants. 

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the wave was expected to spread over Jamaica and eastern Cuba into Thursday. It was projected to move over or near the Florida peninsula by Friday, where heavy wind shear is expected to keep it from reforming as a storm.


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  • Me again Jul 12, 2013

    Forget about the rain and flooding...all I want to know is...Is there a #Sharknado in our near future?

  • Scubagirl Jul 12, 2013

    GET a good soaking.........

    Isn't that what we've been getting all week, for 2 weeks even?

    At least weeding is easy :)

  • Disabled Vet Jul 12, 2013

    We have had so much rain in southern Johnston County that my dog has developed gills.

  • jblake1932 Jul 11, 2013

    Wow, a little rain and it makes a major story!!

  • johnnybgood Jul 11, 2013

    Looks as if I won't be washing the vehicles for quite some time. smh...

  • Blake2512PearsonHMills Jul 11, 2013

    My yard is very saturated right now. (Person County)

  • OneLove Jul 11, 2013

    joan7 +1

  • Obamacare rules Jul 11, 2013

    Rain shield is falling apart as I type this. Looks like another day full of overcast and light drizzle to me.

  • annieseppy Jul 11, 2013

    Obamacare- You are obviously not a farmer, nor do you have immediate dealings with any. This rain is wreaking havoc.

  • PracticalMagick Jul 11, 2013

    All I know is that we've had all of maybe four days (July 5, 6,7, and 9) without rain of some sort since the 21st of June...I'm going to need to get mud tires on my mower...