Sun shines, rain subsides in Triangle as Beryl moves out

Posted May 30, 2012
Updated May 31, 2012

— After a waterlogged morning commute, the back edge of Tropical Depression Beryl began moving out of the Triangle Wednesday afternoon, clearing the way for sunshine and a drier drive home.

"We're not seeing a whole lot of flooding, which is a great thing," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "It’s really picking up some speed and moving on out of here."

Some of the coastal counties haven't been as lucky. In Manteo and Nags Head, as much as 6 inches of water swallowed up parking lots and parked cars. Wind whipped across the dunes and flash floods caused damage in some areas.

Hatteras Island saw rough surf and localized flooding along N.C. Highway 12, but no major problems were reported.

In contrast, the Triangle saw anywhere from .25 inches to 1 inch of rain, and Fayetteville saw about 2 inches.

"These are wide ranging totals, but that’s what we expected to see," Gardner said.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Beryl was moving east-northeast at 21 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

Once Beryl pushes into the Atlantic Wednesday night, skies will continue to clear across eastern North Carolina, allowing high temperatures to push back into the low 90s. Coast sees rain, winds from Beryl Coast sees rain, winds from Beryl

More wet weather could be on the way Friday, according to Gardner, who says some of the storms could be severe in the afternoon and evening. The sunshine returns this weekend with temperatures in the mid 80s.

Following Tropical Storm Alberto, Beryl is the second named storm in May, appearing before the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1.

The last time two such strong storms formed before hurricane season was 1908, which saw hurricanes in March and May. Before that, two tropical storms formed in May 1887.


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  • LeftIntentions May 30, 2012

    What is that bright thing in the sky ?

  • TarHeel4Real May 30, 2012

    We've had just as much rain out of systems that were non-tropical. Now they need to turn the attention to the severe weather threat Friday. There is talk that there could be a widepsread severe weather event tomorrow and Friday in the south.

  • mmtlash May 30, 2012

    @aknowlton1499---yeah pretty much

  • cwood3 May 30, 2012

    I have over 2.5" of rainfall at my home in Clayton. Ponds that have been looking pitiful for 4-5 years are FULL again!!

  • cwood3 May 30, 2012

    WITN from down east is reporting a possible tornado near Peletier NC off of NC 58 near Cape Carteret. Some homes are damaged-no number given.

    I'm sure WRAL will catch up on this. WRAL had a reporter in Carolina Beach but none reporting from the Crystal Coast of Morehead City.

  • Half Red Half Blue May 30, 2012

    "How long will it be before someone wants free stuff because of to much rain?"

    Do you have to find a reason to complain about everything?

  • seankelly15 May 30, 2012

    greg69innc - "...and what a waste of forcesting [sic]..."

    A waste? Are there a limited number of forecasts?

  • jmf1073 3.0 May 30, 2012

    The crashing and cresting of rainfall has subsided here in Raleigh.

  • warbirdlover May 30, 2012

    It was raining buckets full at my house in eastern Moore County. It was raining hard enough I couldn't see across my yard. Went back to bed. All this funny weather got my Lumbago acting up.

  • kermit60 May 30, 2012

    How long will it be before someone wants free stuff because of to much rain?