Heavy rain hangs around overnight; flood warning issued for Wake, Durham, Johnston counties
Posted April 24
Raleigh, N.C. — The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Monday evening through Tuesday morning for Durham, Wake, Wayne, Sampson, Lee, Orange, Harnett and Johnston counties as heavy rains are expected to continue overnight.
"It looks like we will be getting multiple inches of additional rain as we head into the evening hours and overnight period," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel. "So, we are only going to add to the already impressive totals."
A section of Glenwood Avenue between Brier Creek Parkway and T.W. Alexander Drive was closed for just over an hour Monday night due to flooding from heavy rain. Even after the road reopened, several vehicles remained abandoned along the stretch of road.
Tryon Road between Hammond Road and Wilmington Street and Wycliff Road between Lake Boone Trail and Village Court were also closed as a result of flooding Monday night.
In Chatham County, Jones Ferry Road near Walnut Branch road was closed due to flooding. Drivers were advised to use alternative routes.
Several wrecks occurred Monday due to slick, wet roads.
The Raleigh Police Department reported some minor accidents due to hydroplaning, but they were "just fender benders." One lane of Interstate-440 had to be shut down near Glenwood Avenue Monday so DOT workers could clean the drains, but no real issues have been present.
Police in Chapel Hill are keeping an eye on Estes at Willow Drive and Umstead Road, where they typically experience flooding, officials said.
Fishel said the rain will remain relentless until about 3 a.m. before becoming less intense, but showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue through the day Tuesday.
"During the morning rush hours, I don't think you'll have any torrents of rain to deal with, but there certainly will be standing water," he said.
Areas near Fayetteville will be the most heavily affected. Since some areas are still recovering from flooding after Hurricane Matthew, officials are monitoring the roads closely.
Jason McCleod, of Fayetteville, said he has not seen rain like Monday’s since Matthew. And six months later, he is still rebuilding.
"You can't fear God's work. He doing what he's going to do," McCleod said. "You just got to go through it."
Cross Creek at Freedom Park remained within its banks Monday night.
According to Fishel, the rain should start to taper off Tuesday.
"The best chance of having a mostly dry bus stop tomorrow will be in our coastal plains," Fishel said. "And we can't rule out a scattered thunderstorm in the afternoon."
Temperatures will rise drastically mid-week, with highs in the 80s expected through the weekend.
A Flood Watch remains in effect for many counties from 12 a.m. Sunday through 8 a.m. Tuesday.
See a list of all active alerts for North Carolina.