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Severe storms drop heavy rain, hail across Triangle

Posted July 6, 2012

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— Moisture associated with a passing upper level disturbance combined with temperatures near 100 degrees Friday afternoon to produce strong thunderstorms for the third consecutive day across several counties in central North Carolina. Report It logo 640x480 Send us your storm photos

A line of thunderstorms formed north of the Triangle around 4 p.m. and moved slowly from northeast to southwest across Vance, Granville, Orange, Durham, Chatham, Wake, Johnston, Nash, Franklin and Wilson counties before weakening around 7:30 p.m.

The storms, which included heavy rain, strong winds, hail and numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, sparked several severe thunderstorm warnings in numerous counties.

One of the larger cells that moved across western Wake, Durham and Chatham counties dumped heavy rain and large hail in Cary and Apex, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

"Our storms developed later today than they did Thursday, but they still packed a punch," Maze said. "They plowed through and then quickly died out as they moved to the south."

Lightning sparked at least three minor fires, one at a home on Legendary Lane in Morrisville, another at a home on Kings Castle Drive in Apex and a third at a house on Carterwood Court in Cary, authorities said. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

The storms also snared the Friday evening commute in southern Wake County, as downed power lines on U.S. Highway 1 created a traffic headache for several hours near Ten-Ten Road. 

Storms could fire again Saturday afternoon as temperatures once again top out over the 100-degree mark, but the chances for severe weather are slim, Maze said.

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  • DangYankee Jul 6, 2012

    Over by 55 and High House, we had 1/2"-3/4" hail. Kept waiting to hear a window break, as it was coming down at a pretty good clip. Thankfully (finally) got some rain in this area, although now I know which gutters I'll have to have cleaned out! Also lost power for about 70 minutes, so not too bad.

  • luvstoQ Jul 6, 2012

    Poured buckets for 20 min. just S. of intersections Hwy 1 & Hwy. 98 (I was in Target). Then, when I could, went to Lowes Foods, just N. of that same intersection, and it was as dry as a bone!! No more than 1/4mi. I've seen showers happen that way, but never the long, huge rain, vary so drastically. Hang in there, those of you N. of Raleigh that have posted, your turn will come. :-)

  • rybail Jul 6, 2012

    Pretty bad in Holly Springs. Bad winds, lots of ground lightening and big ole hail. Love the rain, we need it!

  • jblake1932 Jul 6, 2012

    Our County is north of Raleigh. I'm closer to Danville, VA. than Raleigh. We got two storms last weekend, power knocked out in parts of the county. My end of the county was sunny the entire time that trees were being blown down on the other side. We received no rain.

  • RAA0013 Jul 6, 2012

    Wow - holy hail & rain storm in West Cary near 55. Haven't seen hail like that in years!

  • Plum Tuckered Jul 6, 2012

    Grenade & Blake,
    In what communities do you live, where the rains seldom fall?

  • jblake1932 Jul 6, 2012

    Yep, just as I said yesterday, Wake County gets rain everyday, as do the countys East and South of them. We never get rain. The last recordable rainfall we received was June 9th. Please let it rain here, ARGHHHHH!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 6, 2012

    Rain - Please come to our house. You've been all around us for two weeks without sending a single drop our way. You can keep the lightning and high winds, but rain please come to us.