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Storms Bring High Winds, Heavy Rain

Posted March 4, 2008
Updated March 5, 2008

— Severe thunderstorms have pushed through Raleigh and are rumbling eastward, prompting warnings in Franklin, Wayne, Wilson and Nash counties until 12:30 a.m.

Storms that began before the sun set roared from west to east Tuesday night, leaving a trail of downed trees, power outages and high rainfall totals.

In counties to the west, where the storms passed through earlier, numerous reports of wind damage were starting to come in, Maze said. A tree was reported downed on a house at Richardson Avenue near Rembrandt Road in Cumberland County.

Duke Energy reported 45,000 customers were without power. Progress Energy reported 4,300 customers affected in Wake County and about 1,600 affected in North Raleigh.

The National Weather Service issued a warning for small-stream flooding in Orange, Durham, Alamance, Lee, Person and Moore counties until early Wednesday morning. RDU reported rainfall of 1.92 inches through 11:30 p.m., and wind gusts topping out at 48 mph.

The first round of storms blew through during the evening rush hour, bringing reports of wind damage and hail in Orange and Guilford counties. The National Weather Service reported three trees downed north of NC Highway 157 near Caldwell.

The storms are the leading edge of a cold front which will see temperatures drop into the upper 40s overnight.


Wednesday will dawn sunny and mild, Maze said. Midday temperatures will climb into the mid 60s Wednesday and Thursday before the chance of rain returns on Friday.


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  • fedupwithitall Mar 5, 2008

    I think some people owe Greg and Elizabeth an apology...so bow down and pucker up!

  • brian2380 Mar 4, 2008

    The 2 extra counties are in VA. Just a nice steady rain here in Raleigh.

  • seenenuf Mar 4, 2008

    "102 counties are now under advisories, watches, or warnings."

    I thought NC only had 100 counties...when did we get an extra two?

  • Chevelle Mackaroy Mar 4, 2008

    Everyone better get your brass monkeys indoors quick!

  • sprice7 Mar 4, 2008

    Is it a WARNING or a WATCH?? A WARNING means it is on the ground killing people and swallowing homes. Jeez why can't people ever get this straight?

  • Here kitty kitty Mar 4, 2008

    Dirty Water, I noticed that earlier also. We were laughing about it here at work. I wasn't sure if rain would help, but now I know for sure. I'm glad they cleared that up for me.

  • jenstog Mar 4, 2008

    ok rain yes tornados NO!!!! I'm so paranoid of storms at night ever since Hurricane Fran.

  • misschris234 Mar 4, 2008

    "Nice one. WRAL said the storm wasn't going to roll in until 7PM... I got drenched at lunch. Thanks for nothing"

    Did you bother to actually listen to the full forecast this morning? If so, you would have known that we were going to get intermittent showers as the storm bands started heading our way. Also, did the dark clouds not give you a clue? How about the 10 times it briefly showered this morning? Do people really rely so heavily on what a weatherman says and just throw common sense out the window??

  • Sarge Mar 4, 2008

    "Nice one. WRAL said the storm wasn't going to roll in until 7PM... I got drenched at lunch. Thanks for nothing."

    don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows!

    I believe that is a Bob Dylan line...

    might want to look up once in a while!

  • lukie Mar 4, 2008

    Yeah, stop whinning. Elizabeth, Greg, Mike all the WRAL people are the best. They only report what the equipment show. Bet if rough weather came in and they did not tell you would whine about that too. And Burger King would be privilage to have them to work for them!