Severe weather moves through central NC

Posted August 18, 2014

— Central North Carolina was soaked with rain Monday night as severe thunderstorms moved through the region.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for multiple counties, including Wake, Johnston, Orange, Chatham and Wilson.

Tornado warnings were also issued for Granville, Franklin and Vance counties.

The storms also caused a lightning fire at David Raper's home on Swansboro Drive in Cary.

Raper, who was at dinner with his family, said the lightning ran down his chimney and caused a fire that ran from the attic to the crawlspace.

The severe weather comes as the Triangle saw a brief respite from the heat Monday morning, when drizzle in Raleigh held temperatures below 80 degrees.

By midday, heavy rain and thunderstorms were marching along the North Carolina-Virginia border, and Roanoke Rapids was seeing some of those showers. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Alamance and Orange counties from 4:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

Across the central part of the state, steamy humidity is the signature feature of the week, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

High temperatures will push 90 degrees every day this week, and there is a chance for thunderstorms every afternoon. Those chances are not widespread, but any storms could produce locally heavy downpours and gusty winds, Gardner said.


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  • Sue DeMarrais Aug 18, 2014
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    I'm currently in Durham/RTP, and although it seems that the warnings are for areas to the east, the thunder and lightning made the 500,000 sf concrete building I'm sitting in shake, just a little. It's explosive out there.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 18, 2014

    Prayers for all there and in its path.
    (Wish this station would update the headlines of stories like this to reflect when new WARNINGS are issued cause they're the most important part of the story).

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 18, 2014

    Hate this stuff.
    Still, the weather is one of those things of life one MUST accept.