Strong line of storms marches over central NC

Posted June 26, 2013

— Daytime highs in the low 90s once again fueled showers and thunderstorms across central and eastern North Carolina Wednesday afternoon and evening, continuing a "bumpy" weather pattern that is going nowhere fast.

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms marked by damaging wind gusts, large hail, heavy rainfall and cloud-to-ground lightning rolled into the Triangle and Sandhills around 7:30 p.m., prompting severe thunderstorm warnings for a cluster of counties, including Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Hoke and Moore.

The fast-moving system was marked by a particularly ominous shelf cloud, as well as an outflow that made some clouds appear to be swirling, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. But that type of rotating cloud is not related to a funnel cloud.

Powerful wind gusts knocked out power to more than 1,800 Duke Energy Progress customers in Wake County and 1,200 in Moore County, but no property damage was reported.

Possible tornado in Aberdeen Viewer video: Possible tornado in Aberdeen

The heat of the day, which reached 91 degrees with a heat index of 96 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, helped to feed to storms, which are expected to die down overnight.

But storms will pop up again Thursday with a more organized disturbance that could create a squall line during the afternoon and evening.

Tonight's Storm Scary-looking storms roll through area

"Get used to this pattern, because it's going to be with us for the next several days," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

On Tuesday afternoon, storms that included heavy rain and damaging wind gusts downed trees, limbs and power lines in Lee County, knocking out power to more than 2,000 people.


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  • Obamacare for all Jun 26, 2013

    jblake, your storm is here in Raleigh now and it's fizzling out faster than I can type this....

  • jblake1932 Jun 26, 2013

    It rained in Person Co. for about 10 min. Some lightning, but no wind. Why the warning? Thats why I never pay attention to these warnings. Most of the time in Person Co., the warning comes AFTER the storm passes for some unknown reason.

  • jblake1932 Jun 26, 2013

    Huh, now the threat of storms are near 100%. Musta glanced at the radar. Don't cancel outdoor plans people, you will remain dry.

  • unc70 Jun 26, 2013

    If they are dropping the probabilities, they must not be looking at that line of storms approaching Greensboro. It looks like it will make it to the Triangle.

  • jblake1932 Jun 26, 2013

    Huh, they are dropping the chance of rain for today down by the hour!