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Allison Leaving, Damage Minimal

Posted June 15, 2001

— Allison got a lot of publicity for being the first named Atlantic storm of the season, and for her assault on Texas, so people in the Triangle were a little uneasy waiting for her. But as it turns out, there was nothing to be worried about. What remains of Allison will only be hanging around North Carolina for a little while longer.

The rain that has fallen is nothing compared to the devastating flooding in Texas and Louisiana.

"We have been extremely lucky with the remains of Allison," says Steven Harned of the National Weather Service.

Allison still looks tough, with hard rains that caused a lot of accidents, but she has become more amiable over time.

"Since we have been fairly dry, the rains, even though they were up to three to five inches, were not enough to cause any more than some isolated flash flooding that did not last for very long," says Harned.

The National Weather Service was initially concerned with Allison's remnants because they held together while moving slowly over land. The Service says flooding was a real possibility.

"Any time you have a slow-moving system, you have the opportunity to have a lot of rain over a given area. However, we've been very fortunate because over the last three days, the heavy rains have fallen over a different area each day," says Harned.

Rainfall in the Triangle was anywhere from less than an inch to just over five inches. Tom Ditt, Public Information Officer of Emergency Management, says that aside from flash flooding, there was not a whole lot to worry about.

"This is a very, very bad thunderstorm. We get thunderstorms in April, May, June and July. That's part of weather. So our hurricanes aren't going to come hopefully until August or September in North Carolina," says Ditt.

The National Weather Service expects the rivers in our area to crest late this weekend, 5 to 10 feet below flood stage, so they shouldn't even come out of their banks. Plus Harned tells me that, even if Allisons' remnants move out over the ocean, which they don't expect, the water is too cold to build the storm back up.

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