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Weekend Ends With Heavy Rain, Flooding

Posted April 27, 2008
Updated April 28, 2008

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— Slow-moving lines of heavy rain and storms dumped between half-an-inch and 3 inches of rain across central and eastern North Carolina late Sunday and into the early hours of Monday.

The large amounts of rainfall prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash-flooding warning for Wake County, which expired at 12:45 a.m. Cumberland County had also been under a flood advisory for much of late Sunday.

Radar indicated 24-hour rainfall totals of 3 inches for Raleigh, Cary, Southern Pines and Asheboro at 11:15 p.m. A NWS spotter said Goldsboro received 2.5 inches of its 3-inch total within 50 minutes on Sunday evening.

Fayetteville and Durham both got 2 inches, while totals of 1.5 inches were reported in Louisburg and elsewhere in Wake.

Rocky Mount received 0.75 inches, and Smithfield and Erwin both chimed in with 0.5 inches each.

In Raleigh, Crabtree Creek at Old Wake Forest Road was at 10.9 feet and rising steadily at 10:15 p.m. The creek reaches flood stage at 12 feet and places secondary roads near Atlantic Avenue underwater at 13 feet.

Flooding forced police to close sections of Atlantic Avenue for about a more than a half-an-hour around 8 p.m.

Dispatch officials confirmed that Raleigh firefighters responded to reports of flooding in a building at the Cedar Point Apartments on Sandy Forks Road around 8 p.m. The extent of the flooding was not known.

With more rain on the way, police urged motorists to use caution and remember that a foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

Duke Power reported that nearly 1,000 people were without power in Durham County around 11:30 p.m. That number had been as high as 2,500 three hours earlier.

The NWS reported a tornado near Spring Hope, in Craven County, and 12 miles northeast of New Bern, in Beaufort County, at 4:25 p.m. Penn-sized hail reportedly fell in Wendell.

At one point, Wayne County was threatened with flooding, and severe-thunderstorm warnings were issued for Chatham, Johnston, Nash, Franklin, Wilson, Randolph, Alamance and Guilford counties.

As a low-pressure system moves up the Mississippi Valley on Monday, a strong cold front will sweep east through the Triangle, bringing another around of showers and thunderstorms.

“As it (cold front) comes on in to the area late tomorrow (Monday) it will help to flare up showers and thunderstorms and could help to produce some strong or potentially severe thunderstorms in one or two spots,” WRAL Meteorologist Moss said.

Once the front moves through Monday, cooler weather will follow for the early portion of the work week.

"Tomorrow, the cold front … will give us a good chance of shower activity, and it could be heavy in spots and perhaps some intense thunderstorms. .... Central and eastern parts of the state (will be) under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms, and the main threat of those would be an isolated, strong wind gust in spots,” Moss said.

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  • packfan252258 Apr 28, 2008

    Got over 4 inches just last night at my home in Zebulon, the backyard was a flowing river for about 3 hours.

  • cadetsfan Apr 28, 2008

    "What rough weather? It was a hard rain shower, not nearly enough to even write a story about. "

    Think outside your world. Tornadoes and severe storms elsewhere.

  • bbad238 Apr 28, 2008

    What rough weather? It was a hard rain shower, not nearly enough to even write a story about. Falls Lake should be experiencing flooding by now.

  • hollylama Apr 28, 2008

    Praise the rain! Funny how when we needed it, California got more than they could handle. Now we're getting alot and Cali sure could use it.

  • 5GDad Apr 28, 2008

    a tornado just touched down in Middleburg near Henderson

  • cadetsfan Apr 28, 2008

    What, you mean when you irrigate your lawn, the water is not gone forever but in fact can actually make it into the groundwater? You would never know this listening to the water wackos.

    I get your point, but isn't that kind of like saying it's not a waste to feed slaughter animals because some of that animal-ingested energy makes it to us when we eat it?

  • computer trainer Apr 28, 2008

    I, for one, am very thankful for the rain. I will not complain. In the summer, we may be praying for rain again.

  • SheriffTruman Apr 28, 2008

    "If people are still concerned about the ground water would it make sense to allow all outdoor watering (to go into the ground) when lake levels are full?"

    What, you mean when you irrigate your lawn, the water is not gone forever but in fact can actually make it into the groundwater? You would never know this listening to the water wackos.

  • RUSH_2112 Apr 28, 2008

    There are 2 classes--the beginner and the advanced. I took the beginner. It's basically a 2 hour power-point presentation with slides and video of storms and tornadoes. Neat.
    Info in classes: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/rah/skywarn/

    DurhamDude: Nothing has changed yet. The radio you have should work fine until they make a change. It may be 6 months to a year at the earliest. They mentioned that radio manufacturers are currently working on this. Not sure if the existing radios will continue to trigger the alarm feature when they convert over. I would think you could at least hear the weather broadcast. The conversion just has to do with the alarms/alerts. I like the county codes because I want to be alerted on my radio of a bad storm 20 miles away before it gets here.

    Except radio receivers, all of this is paid for with your tax dollars. The classes are free.

  • DurhamDude Apr 28, 2008

    LOL... that was very good ghimmy47

    RUSH_2112: Does that mean I'll need to get a new weather radio if I want the alerts to work properly? Do you know the timeframe for the conversion to the new system?

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