Weather on repeat: Storms ramp up in southern counties

Posted June 27, 2013
Updated June 28, 2013

— Thunderstorms with heavy rain, cloud-to-ground lightning and damaging winds fired up in North Carolina's southern counties Thursday afternoon, and new systems were heating up in the Roxboro and Sandhills areas during the 10 o'clock hour.

"These thunderstorms ramp up and then they die down quickly," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "Not showing any signs of being severe, but this will last for the next few hours. Don't be surprised if you hear the rumble of thunder around the Triangle."

Even storms that don't prompt severe thunderstorm warnings can fuel a lot of cloud-to-ground lightning, heavy rainfall and gusty winds, Maze said. 

Fueled by a humid air mass and temperatures in the upper 80s, storms hit Harnett, Hoke, Sampson and Wayne counties in the late afternoon, knocking out power to more than 3,000 Duke Energy Progress customers.

The National Weather Service received damage reports of multiple trees and power lines down near Angier, Coats and Erwin.

Thursday's weather mirrored Wednesday's, when storms marched through the area during the early evening, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings for Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Hoke and Moore counties

The unusual amount of moisture in the atmosphere is fueling the storms, and the wet weather pattern is expected to stick around through early next week.

"We could see the same scenario tomorrow, too. The atmosphere is just ripe to develop severe weather and thunderstorms," Maze said. "The moisture in the atmosphere is 130 to 150 percent of normal, so these thunderstorms have a lot of moisture to use, dumping very heavy rainfall and potentially some localized flooding." Tonight's Storm PHOTOS: Scary-looking storms roll through area  

Daytime temperatures hovered in the upper 80s Thursday, mixing with a moist atmosphere and another upper-level disturbance that swooped through the state. 

By Monday evening, areas in the central and eastern part of the state could see 2 to 4 inches of additional rain. Locations in the coastal plain have the best chance for large rainfall totals, but individual thunderstorms could drop heavy rain across the region and generate scattered flash flooding. 

"Next week is going to start off wet, and this juicy atmosphere is staying put," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.


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  • JohnnyMcRonny Jun 28, 2013

    ThomasL - sick? Really?

    I love to see the tremendous energy that helps power the natural world unfold before me. I love that it reminds me how fragile our human world is in comparison.

    The destruction of which you speak is because we choose to fight nature instead of live with it.

  • USA Jun 27, 2013

    As Mike Maze put it a 5:00pm... Dud.

  • seankelly15 Jun 27, 2013

    Just One Opinion - "All these alerts are to draw eyes to TV, computer and phone screens to you will think you are getting a great value for all the money you spend each month to be wired and in touch."

    Good theory... needs data

  • Istanbul Jun 27, 2013

    I hope it storms this evening too, it sure is quiet out there, especially from the Triangle north and west. Elizabeth said this morning she was expecting a squall line to roll through around time for the evening commute.

  • Pseudonym Jun 27, 2013

    ThomasL: Grow up, face your fears, and enjoy the splendor that is Nature.

  • gobbledygook Jun 27, 2013

    Lol, someone is a little sensitive today!

  • Just One Opinion Jun 27, 2013

    Once upon a time it was understood and expected that a lot of afternoons in the summer would have a thunderstorm come through.

    It has only been in recent years (around the past 15) that the National Weather Service along with local TV and Radio stations make an event of every thunderstorm that pops up during the summer.

    All these alerts are to draw eyes to TV, computer and phone screens to you will think you are getting a great value for all the money you spend each month to be wired and in touch.

    Crack back, relax and enjoy the summer thunderstorms, you are not a sick person if you do.

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  • datenobunaga2 Jun 27, 2013

    @Thomas, you know these types of storms happen on a daily in FLorida. Houses are actually built to withstand hurricane force winds. I Love storms, I am a FL native and miss the big black storm fronts that move in, there's no harm in that. We are not sick for loving storms. Be happy we are receiving this much needed rain after the past couple of years of super hot drought ridden conditions. We could be like Colorado right now. Either way, if you fear for your home, built it Florida standards instead of particle board roofs with pine lumber and vinyl siding. No house can truly ever beat mother nature but we can minimize risk by not building in flood zones and using sturdier materials. Don't hate the people the love storms. Only a sick person would wish dry conditions and cold temperatures that jack up your utility bill.

  • ThomasL Jun 27, 2013

    It takes a sick person to like storms that can produce heavy rains with flooding,hail to damage peoples property, lightning to case fires and the threat of tornados to destroy homes.Not mention all the traffic problems rain causes.I will be glad when the cold weather returns with no thunderstorm chances.At least its summer and each day is shorter counting down to fall.