Lee's remnants bring rainy end to Labor Day weekend

Posted September 5, 2011

— The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee created a rainy end to Labor Day weekend in North Carolina as they moved north along a cold front.

Scattered showers started popping up early Monday afternoon, while heavy rain fell on the mountains. Bands of stronger showers and storms drifted across the Triangle region late Monday afternoon. 

The main threat for severe weather remained west of the Triangle, where severe thunderstorm warnings and a tornado watch were issued. 

The front and Lee's remnants will continue to produce scattered showers and storms throughout Tuesday.

The heating of the day combined with Lee's showers could create the potential for some isolated severe weather in central North Carolina, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The main threat will be flooding from significant rainfall. 

The mountains could see 3 to 5 inches, with amounts up to 9 inches in places. Meanwhile, the Triangle region will likely get 2 to 3 inches, while the coastal plain will get around a half-inch.

A flash flood watch covers the Triangle, including Wake, Durham, Orange and Granville counties, through 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The rain showers and storms will taper off throughout Wednesday.

Drier weather will set in by Thursday, bringing partly sunny skies and highs around 80 degrees for the rest of the week.

Hurricane Katia

For now, it looks like Hurricane Katia, which grew to a Category 4 storm with winds of 135 mph in the Atlantic on Monday, won't affect North Carolina, Maze said.

The most recent forecast track has Katia turning north late Wednesday or early Thursday and heading northeast over the open Atlantic Ocean.

Katia is also expected to weaken as it encounters drier air in the coming days, Maze said.


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  • JonDearFred Sep 5, 2011

    Yep. They update by the minute (all of a sudden 70 is 80 etc.
    If you don't know, say it

  • dwitt26nc Sep 5, 2011

    Anbody ever notice that the7 day forecast on wral is worthless not sure if they just guess or what but one day its in the 70's all week then it's in the mid 80's...this morning they had next week end in the 70's now it's near mid 80's.I really think you guys would be better off with a 2 day forecast...from now on i'll get my weather info somewhere else

  • jblake1932 Sep 5, 2011

    Still no rain!!

  • vraptor Sep 5, 2011

    How close did the N.O levis come to breaking with all that rain??? I think N.O. dodged a huge crisis of another flood. Why would you live below sea level in a rotten swamp???

  • bilge53 Sep 5, 2011

    I rest my case Mr. Obvious. This is a direct quote from the New Bern Sun Journal. My previous reply was not printed.

    ENC no longer in drought conditions
    Comments 0
    September 04, 2011 8:03 PM
    Jannette Pippin

    Freedom ENC

    Hurricane Irene had at least one positive impact on Eastern North Carolina.

    The drenching rainfall associated with the hurricane was enough to pull nearly all of the eastern part of the state out of drought conditions.

  • Dr. Obvious Sep 5, 2011

    The ground in Eastern NC is so dry and hard from the drought conditions that any amount of rain will cause a flood.

  • jblake1932 Sep 5, 2011

    All the hooplha about the flood threat is ridiculous! The rain is going west of us , dear!!

  • bilge53 Sep 5, 2011

    There is an obvious answer to fix your dislikes. You have choices; excercise one of your options.

  • Dr. Obvious Sep 5, 2011

    Eastern NC has the worst climate of anywhere in the USA. Drought conditions in early summer to kill all the grass followed up by rain in late summer to make the weeds grow. I look forward to the ice storms.

  • heelsgirl05 Sep 5, 2011

    bring on the rain! my brothers newly planted grass needs it!