Storms blow through central NC after 'big soaking'

Posted February 26, 2013

— Some strong to severe thunderstorms popped up in central North Carolina Tuesday evening in the wake of a weather system that drenched the area with rain throughout much of the day.

The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Wake, Harnett, Johnston, Hoke, Cumberland and Sampson counties between 7 and 8 p.m.

In Micro, a barn was demolished by strong winds, Johnston County authorities said. No one was injured.

More than three-quarters of an inch of rainfall was recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday. Over an inch of rainfall was recorded in Fayetteville and Goldsboro, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

"Today was a big soaking," he said. 

Sunshine makes a return to the area Wednesday. "It should be a simply beautiful day. We'll get to 60 degrees," Maze said.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast


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  • dgcreech Feb 27, 2013

    Wonder if they will update this article. According to other news stations, the barn in Johnston County wasn't destroyed by "strong winds" it was an actual tornado.

  • wants2be13 Feb 26, 2013

    So did anyone hear it thunder?? That was all the big news on WRAL...there would be strong to severe storms this afternoon.
    Once again, off the mark!!

  • djhartm Feb 26, 2013

    Surprised there was still milk & bread on the shelves today...

  • baldchip Feb 26, 2013

    Draught will be a term of the past for a while. Ponds in my area are finally full-as of this morning. They have been rising thru February-which tells me the water table is rising. The one I watch the most is a run-off and spring fed pond.

    And yes-folks are still flying on very soggy roads-ponding is happening alot-and they still fly. And we sonder why our kids are having so many wrecks-look at the fingers pointing at us-each of us.

    Many are setting horrible examples for our kids to follow.

  • wayneboyd Feb 26, 2013

    Can't wait to see temps in the upper 90's!

  • Obamacare rises Feb 26, 2013

    6 more of these soakers and we won't have to worry about drought until next year.

  • LovemyPirates Feb 26, 2013

    Actually, some areas of NC are in drought state. It takes a lot of rain to reverse drought. This is Feb. 19th information:

  • Scubagirl Feb 26, 2013

    All I can say is DUH?!?!?! IT IS RAINING, AT TIMES HARD ALREADY!!!

  • chrisnrali Feb 26, 2013

    There is NO drought. I am so tired of rain.

  • Cock a doodle doo Feb 26, 2013

    Why does WRAL post weather warnings for the mountain counties only when they have a dramatic weather headline?

    I have family out there, and have noticed that if the weather her is nice, they are not listing those weather warnings (e.g., high wind warnings, etc...) in the mountain counties - only when it is bad here.

    I bet it's only to get more clicks to the site when they have a scary looking red warning bar on the homepage.