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Gardner: Damaging winds, heavy rain could reappear Monday

Posted July 31
Updated August 1

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— Storms that brought with them lots of lightning, gusty winds and heavy rain to the Triangle Sunday evening could reappear Monday afternoon.

Downpours, strong winds, lightning and hail began just after 4 p.m. in the viewing area Sunday and continued into the early hours of Monday.

Rain flooded Old Beulah Road in Selma Sunday night, causing problems for drivers, and a large tree limb fell through a Smithfield home, forcing its owner to seek shelter elsewhere.

The severe weather stalled Monday morning and should create no issues for the morning commute.

"Rain won't cause problems this morning," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "It should be fairly quiet with the exception of some patchy fog."

The area will be threatened once again Monday evening, when a chance for severe storms returns. The storms, which could produce damaging winds and rain, will peak late Monday evening and could continue overnight.

Tuesday will follow a similar pattern, with storms reappearing as afternoon approaches.

Highs on Monday will hit 90 degrees, but the stormy weather will keep this work week cooler than last. Highs will stall in the upper-80s and low-90s each day throughout the work week, and the chance for severe storms will decrease by Wednesday.

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