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Evening storms could add even more to local lakes

Posted September 9, 2008

— Evening thunderstorms Tuesday could bring even more rain to area lakes already inundated by Tropical Storm Hanna. A cold front brings the chance of scattered storms.

Quite a bit of storm activity was detected near Fayetteville, with a batch of storms moving from southwest to northeast and bringing a fair amount of cloud-to-ground lightning to some areas.

"There are no warnings, at this point," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Tuesday evening. "But certainly, there's some strong storms out there."

At 5 p.m., another batch of storms was also moving east through southwestern Chatham County, near the Lee County line.

"There's more activity out to the west of Greensboro and Charlotte, and this looks like the kind of night that we could be dealing with off-and-on showers and thunderstorms all night long, perhaps even into the morning rush hour," Fishel said.

Tuesday's conditions signal a change in Triangle weather with cool, wet, fall-like days forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

It comes after Tropical Storm Hanna raised lake levels, including pushing Falls Lake to just shy of 257 feet{{/a}} – almost 5.5 feet higher than the 251.5 feet considered normal for that lake, the Army Corps of Engineers reported on its weekly conference call Tuesday.

The Corps begin gradually releasing the excess Tuesday afternoon. A spokesman said the releases will increase from 500 cubic feet per second Tuesday to 2,000 cubic feet per second Wednesday and 3,000 cubic feet per second Thursday. Those rates should not pose a flooding danger to communities downstream, the Corps said.

According to the Corps' weekly status report, Jordan Lake was expected to peak Tuesday at 222.5, 6 feet above the norm.

Flood threat lessens

The rain-strengthened Neuse River is no longer a threat to Goldsboro, scientists said.

"The National Weather Service has advised me that the river has crested and that we shouldn't have any other problems with additional flooding," Derrick Duggins, Johnston County emergency management coordinator, said Monday.

The focus of attention has turned to Kinston, where the Neuse is expected to crest sometime Saturday. The combination of locally heavy rain from Hanna and water flowing downstream could bring the river to 14.5 feet, a half-foot above flood stage.

Flood warnings were still in effect Tuesday for Bladen, Lenoir and Robeson counties.

In Durham County, a bridge on State Forest Road was washed out, forcing traffic to be detoured north of Bahama.

Franklin County reported on Tuesday that Hanna caused three wastewater spills. A total of 2,500 gallons of untreated wastewater was released Saturday from overflows at the Franklinton and Youngsville pump stations and at the intersection of Cedar Creek and Lane Store roads. After the storm had passed, county crews made repairs and cleaned up the spills.

Drought status to be determined

Full lakes and flowing streams signal a measurable difference in North Carolina's groundwater, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said Tuesday.

Forecasters and residents alike will be watching the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council's weekly update Thursday for signs that Hanna has eased the drought across the Triangle.


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  • illsteetblues Sep 9, 2008

    I agree with Canes the drought is over. The political fat cats are in cahoots with the media to keep this fear machine going. They are gonna keep these drought restrictions to raise our water bills and help their friends fledgling water conservation businesses. Its all a scam to cost us money in the hardware store, higher taxes and bigger water bills. Ease the water restrictions or put it in a tanker truck and take it to a county that has a lake that needs it. Don't just let it run off because hey that's just wasteful. I can not wash my car or water my lawn but now all of a sudden we have too much water. There is something rotten in Denmark.

  • FoolOnTheHill Sep 9, 2008

    > Has anyone from UPSTREAM ever actually BEEN DOWNSTREAM when the water gets turned out? We've been flooded before because the precious lake has to be kept at a perfect level....geeze....keep your water for the next "drought" We only get it down here when yall don't want it anyway...

    If you are referring to the flooding from Floyd and Fran then it is a myth that the releases from Falls caused that. It may have exacerbated it, but it didn't cause it.

  • Commentor5 Sep 9, 2008

    "Afternoon storms could add to local lakes"

    Are you sure about this WRAL? I mean, I was SUPPOSED to get tropical storm winds and flooding at my house this past weekend. It didn't happen - don't mislead your viewers with this statement.

  • canes017 Sep 9, 2008

    This drought is over. Even if we're still at a "deficit" it is a deficit that started three years ago! If 100 years from now we are still at a 3" deficit dating back to 103 years in the past can it still really be called a deficit? No.

  • bs101fly Sep 9, 2008

    folks, simple, if you want to wash your cars or water your lawns DO IT! No one will do squat about it.
    What do they have, 2 people riding around looking for violators???
    let's release the water, but cry drought and no watering!
    BOO HOO!

  • djofraleigh Sep 9, 2008

    give everyone some money off the water bill in Raleigh and let them wet their yards and wash their cars and siding and sidewalks and driveways, letting the runoff soak into the ground.

  • HonestAb Sep 9, 2008

    Without a drought there is no need for a N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council. I wonder what they will announce on Thursday?

  • familyfour Sep 9, 2008

    "Those rates should not pose a flooding danger to communities downstream."

    Has anyone from UPSTREAM ever actually BEEN DOWNSTREAM when the water gets turned out? We've been flooded before because the precious lake has to be kept at a perfect level....geeze....keep your water for the next "drought"
    We only get it down here when yall don't want it anyway...

  • mocena Sep 9, 2008

    Liberals! Communists! Illegal aliens! Sorry, I just got carried away...

  • veyor Sep 9, 2008

    Water the lawns - add to groundwater level and raise revenue for the city. Let the water go downstream - minor flooding, no addition to groundwater, and no revenue. Boy, that's a hard decision.