Severe storms die down after day of wild weather

Posted June 9, 2013
Updated June 10, 2013

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— A day of wild weather that included tornado warnings in two central North Carolina counties wound down Monday with no widespread reports of significant damage.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning shortly after 6 p.m. for northern Franklin County and southern Warren County after radar indicated rotational winds.

Authorities reported a funnel cloud in Franklin County on Highway 561 near White Level. However, there were conflicting reports about whether a tornado actually touched down.

The warnings expired at 6:45 p.m.

"The rotational signal just got weaker and weaker," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

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The National Weather Service also reported a funnel cloud in Johnston County near Clayton. The cloud remained aloft and did not touch down.

In Wake County, along Poole Road, straight-line winds uprooted trees and damaged roofs and outbuildings.

"The wind was so strong. I mean, it was just flying across," said storm victim Lydia Medlin. "It knocked off everything."

"The tree house got torn apart because it was so strong," said Medlin's sister, Anna.

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The girls' father, David Medlin, said the family took shelter while the winds wreaked havoc on his backyard.

"It got really strong, really thick to where you couldn't see anything across the street," he said. "So I told everybody, 'We've got to get to the center of the house, get away from the windows.'"

Thirty seconds later, he said, he stepped outside to find "no playground, no trampoline, no anything."

Much of the state was under a tornado watch for most of the day as showers and thunderstorms popped up along a fast-moving cold front.

As the front marched across the Triangle, the threat for severe weather diminished.

"It's being whittled away from west to east," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "West of this line, we believe the air is stabilized."

By 7:30 p.m., the threat for the Triangle area was over, Maze said.

Monday's weather came on the heels of Tropical Storm Andrea, which dumped more than 5 inches of rain across the region and caused flash flooding Friday.

Some communities hit with heavy rains from Andrea continued struggling Sunday, including the Moore County town of Vass where residents were being rescued from homes surrounded by water after a nearby lake swelled with 4 to 6 inches of rain.


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  • dcatz Jun 10, 2013

    NWS reports confirmed tornado on the ground.

  • computer trainer Jun 10, 2013

    Anyone who has to drive on Grasshopper Road, between Poole and Bethlehem, be careful. It looks like a tornado went through there. Trees are destroyed, roots showing. It was really bad out there.

  • AskWhy Jun 10, 2013

    colinmb123us....I second your comments whole-heartedly about jblake1932. I can't understand why he/she spends so much time glued to the website! WRAL has been my only source for weather for 30 years. I trust them and they get it right. Keep up the great job WRAL Weather team!

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 10, 2013

    One more thing, since I'm bad for forgetting this too, head lights and wipers, it's the law.

  • busyb97 Jun 10, 2013

    I want to say THANK YOU to the weather-crews. Sure, you can't always get it right. We certainly know you can't please all of the people all of the time, but gee...they just keep coming back and watching right?! Must be doing something right enough of the time.

    And you've saved our lives at least once (April 2011). So thank you anyway.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 10, 2013

    Looks like some will have a very dangerous commute home from work, ya'll be careful out there.

  • Obamacare for life Jun 10, 2013

    All of the dangerous weather seems to be either northwest or southeast of the Triangle. We're in the clear folks....don't cancel your cookouts.

  • colinmb123us Jun 10, 2013

    jblake1932 - why should we take anything you say seriously? You were adamant a couple of days ago that we wouldn't get more than 1/2" of rain, total, yet we ended up getting several inches and there was flooding throughout the county. Please stop acting like you are privy to some special insight before you get someone killed with the way you recklessly attempt to discredit meaningful warnings being issued by those who's responsibility it is to issue them. Since you will not admit when you are wrong and are in no way liable if some thing happens, please quit trying come across as some sort of weather superhero.

  • louunderwood Jun 10, 2013

    jblake1932 - Maybe when your solid brick home is shaking and trees are crashing around your home,maybe you will take the threat seriously. It has happened to me twice with tornadoes.

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 10, 2013

    Definitely a very humid day out there. I didn't see a tornado watch coming but it feels ripe out there for a few storms to pop up.