Rain, storms possible as Ana's remnants move through NC

Posted May 10, 2015
Updated May 11, 2015

— Rain bands from what's left of the first named tropical system of 2015 were making their way through parts of central and eastern North Carolina early Monday, producing spotty showers across the Triangle.

The remnants of Ana were centered over parts of Wilson County at 6 a.m. Monday, and the storm will continue to drift north and east through the state during the morning hours before pushing out of the state during the afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"It's going to be a messy day as we continue to deal with Ana. The bulk of the rain this morning has been south of the center of circulation, so from areas like Goldsboro south and east," she said. "It will keep moving up the I-95 corridor and into Virginia. Areas of Wilson, Rocky Mount and to the north will see plenty of rain."

Storm damage was reported in Wilson County late Sunday, as four homes lost power and two abandoned chicken coops were damaged in the 7100 block of Boykin Road in Sims. Trees were also reported down in the area, said Rodney Dancy with Wilson County Emergency Management.

Aside from Ana's rain bands, the main weather story on the first day of the work week will be warm, humid conditions. Highs will climb into the mid-80s, and the unsettled air in the region could help produce showers and thunderstorms late in the day.

"We will have a very moist atmosphere once Ana moves out, so that could create some showers and storms later in the day," Gardner said.

Sunshine will return on Tuesday, pushing high temperatures to near 90 degrees across the bulk of the Triangle. Normal highs for mid-May are in the upper 70s to near 80.

Ana, the first named storm of 2015, formed nearly a month before the Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1. After meandering off the Carolinas for several days, reaching maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, Ana made landfall about 6 a.m. Sunday near Myrtle Beach, S.C.

No injuries or major property damage were reported with the storm, which simply didn’t have enough energy to cause a big impact.

The storm did bring plenty of rain – over 5 inches in Myrtle Beach and more than 3 inches in Wilmington since Thursday.


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