Published: 2013-09-01 15:17:00
Updated: 2013-09-02 16:21:44
Posted September 1, 2013
Updated September 2, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Thunderstorms that rocked parts of central North Carolina on Sunday knocked out power to thousands and left high water where flash floods washed into low-lying areas.
For those whose properties were damaged, Labor Day proved true to the name. Instead of relaxing, many were drying out, removed downed trees, and a few were investigating the insurance implications of lightning-sparked fires.
"I'd rather be at the beach, lake, swimming, but here we are swimming in this shop," said Keith Kettells, owner of the Mobile Magik Body Shop in Raleigh.
Kittells has owned the business for less than a year and does not have insurance.
"Well, the clean-up is going to take some work. That's for sure. It is never a good time to flood, but we will keep going on like we always do, and we will make the best of it," Kittells said.
Severe thunderstorm warnings blanketed the Triangle for hours during the early evening Sunday. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for parts of Wake, Durham, Orange and Alamance counties where rain fell at a rate of about 4.5 inches per hour.
The storms produced winds of up to 58 mph and quarter-sized hail.
Louisburg saw the greatest accumulation of rain. The community measured 2.7 inches of rainfall Sunday night. In Raleigh, just over an inch fell, and in Chapel Hill the total was 1.5 inches.