Published: 2016-09-19 06:24:00
Updated: 2016-09-19 22:47:15
Posted September 19
Raleigh, N.C. — Cloudy skies and wet weather that dominated Monday will continue through midweek as the remnants of tropical storm Julia continue to linger off the North Carolina coast.
Heavy rain began Monday afternoon prompting flood advisories after five inches of rain fell in the northern part of Durham County in a span of 24 hours.
In the Two Pines subdivision in Youngsville, lightning struck the top of a home and ran throughout the wiring of the house, causing damage to the attic and second floor.
Nobody was home at the time of the fire and firefighters were able to rescue a dog from the home.
Wayne Memorial Drive was closed between Stoney Creek Church Road and Saulston Road due to high water Monday afternoon. .
Authorities said the road was shut down after reports of two accidents that occurred when drivers spun off the road after running into nearly 2 feet of water.
The heavy rain caused other problems in the Triangle, too. Officials shut down a segment of Bahama Road in Durham Monday morning after a tree fell and damaged power lines.
Although showers are unlikely overnight, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said that the heating of the day Tuesday combined with the interaction of Julia's remnants and a stationary front will put rain back in the forecast.
"There's no reason why we shouldn't see more showers continue tomorrow," he said.
Spotty showers will be likely by 8 a.m. and will become widespread by lunchtime and stick around for the evening commute, Maze said.
'The end result, with all the clouds and rain, is cooler temperatures but it will still be warm and muggy," he said.
The weather remains unsettled through Thursday, Maze said, keeping the chance for showers in the forecast for most of the work week.
Over the weekend, a cold front could finally bring a taste of fall to the region. Maze said that by Monday, highs could be in the 70s with lows in the 50s.
"I'm just going to say hang on and don't get too excited just yet," he said.