Wind topples trees, heavy rain floods streets in central NC

Posted May 9, 2012

— A cold front that stretches from Massachusetts to Louisiana was working its way across North Carolina Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy rains, damaging winds and the potential for flooding to several counties.

Flash flood warnings are in effect for Edgecombe, Wilson and Nash counties until 8:15 p.m.

Wind toppled a tree in Cary, sending it crashing across Ralph Drive, hitting some power lines and a house, town officials said. Emergency dispatchers in Orange County were also receiving reports of trees down in Chapel Hill.

In Fayetteville, police issued a warning to drivers about flooding on Santa Fe Drive at Yadkin Road, Santa Fe Drive at Carson Road and Ramsey Street at Interstate 295. 

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Morning showers, heaviest along the North Carolina-Virginia border, gave way after noon to scattered thunderstorms. Areas along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor having the best chance at heavy rainfall.

High temperatures Wednesday climbed to the mid-70s before the rain began to fall. 

"A lot of this shower activity is going to be hit or miss, but it will pick up throughout the afternoon," Gardner said. WRAL Severe Weather Weather Alerts

Rainfall could total up to an inch or more in spots to the south and east of the Triangle, with the Raleigh-Durham area seeing closer to half an inch.

Once the front clears and clouds move out late Wednesday night, high pressure will move back in and create more "pretty spring weather" for the rest of the work week, Gardner said. 

Sunshine will return Thursday and stay put through the weekend, with high temperatures fluctuating between the mid-70s and low 80s.

Overnight lows could dip into the upper 40s Friday and Saturday. 


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  • iap May 9, 2012

    I think the tips we get here for safety during a tornado warning help, but a tip passed on by my sister from Texas, is to put bike helmets on yourself and the kids as soon as it changes from a watch to a warning. This is in addition to the comforters over their heads. There's not always enough time to drag a mattress over your family in the bathtub, but you can generally grab the bike helmets in time.

  • for the people May 9, 2012

    if the thunder don't get ya the lightning will

  • Ambygirl May 9, 2012

    Here come the storms!! WOO HOO!! ncnative90 we will be sleeping good tonite!!

  • mpk976 May 9, 2012

    Nothing severe. But let all the warnings and weather statements start rolling in!! Gotta love the weather.

  • jmf1073 3.0 May 9, 2012

    Be careful out there.....this is about to come crashing and cresting into the Triangle.

  • simplelogic May 9, 2012

    Hmmm...gonna be a messy ride home for lots of folks.

  • realtalk90 May 9, 2012

    Love a rainy night! makes for a goods night sleep.

  • syracuse-slim May 9, 2012

    Well, longs it ain't too rip roaring anyways, I'm good with it...

  • ndzapruder May 9, 2012

    "nothing like a good 'ol fashioned rip roarin' storm..."

    Amen, brudda! One of my favorite things about living in NC.

  • The Deadhead May 9, 2012

    nothing like a good 'ol fashioned rip roarin' storm...