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Speeding Josephine Leaves Flooding, Power...

Posted October 8, 1996

— Barely a month after Hurricane Fran, residue from Tropical Storm Josephine dropped more rain on the Triangle, and brought back some familiar sights. Streets flooded, traffic stalled, and electrical workers took to the streets to remove trees from wires.

There were scattered power outages all over the Triangle. CP and L says it has about 1,100 customers in the dark, but that no one should be without electricity for long.

All in all, Josephine was not nearly the destructive force that Fran was. Perhaps the worst effect of this storm was the inconvenience to those whose homes still had not been repaired after Fran.

Robert Francis has a huge hole in his roof that has been covered with a blue tarp since Fran blew through. He says there's more water damage now.

Meanwhile, heavy rains fell periodically in the early morning hours, causing some problems in low-lying areas.

The rain caused some street flooding creating hazardous conditions on area roadways for early morning commuters. An accident in southern Wake County left one person dead. The car was traveling east on Highway 42 when it veered into the west-bound lanes where it collided with a tractor-trailer. The driver of the car was killed, no one else was injured.

In Durham, an overturned tractor-trailer caused lengthy delays for vehicles traveling in both directions on Interstate 85 during the morning rush.

While flood-prone areas like the Lochmere golf course saw rising waters, the Army Corps of Engineers reported that there was no serious problem behind the Falls Lake Dam. LLoyd Williams says those waters have receded considerably since Fran's visit.

In parts of the Florida panhandle, where Josephine struck with considerably more force, there were more familiar scenes of flooding and damage. Over 300,000 people there have no electricity.


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