Summer storms spark flash flooding, die down quickly

Posted August 2, 2012

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— Summer afternoon storms died down quickly Thursday evening after sparking flash flooding around Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville.

After 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in Cumberland County, streets around the mall flooded. A minivan got stuck in the flood waters outside the Chili's restaurant near the Morganton Road mall entrance.

The storms across broke apart quickly, though, after Lightning in Spring Lake Slideshow: Weather around the region hammering eastern North Carolina and the Sandhills with heavy rain, golf ball-sized hail and lots of lightning, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

"The activity pretty much dies down overnight, but we can't rule out a shower as we start the day Friday," Maze said.

With highs in the low 90s, late-day storms could kick up on Friday and throughout the weekend.

"They'll be more activity developing Friday afternoon and evening. Some of these storms could be strong, maybe severe, and we could see the same thing develop during the day Saturday," Maze said.

On Monday, a cold front will drop temperatures into the upper 80s and increase the storm chances for the work week.


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  • faycop4ncstate Aug 3, 2012

    "Can't the legislature just ban these types of storms like they did with the coastal plains water rise?"

    No but Judge Orlando Hudson would rule them unconstitutional!

  • dwpmgg Aug 2, 2012

    I don't believe they are calling this right.. we drove from Hope Mills, and right as we hit Skibo the hail was HORRIBLE!! We pulled under a tree at lowes like many others... but tried to go find better shelter because the radar on wral mobile said there was not issue.. but it seemed like Hurricane Fran.. how can you say 2 inches?? The whole tire almost is under in that photo.. we had to take many extra routes because of the mass flooding on Fayetteville's Poorly drained Roads.. that was a storm! It was zero visabiltiy, hail like crazy for 15-25 mins, and lighting that was load and visibile, ... that was a bad storm!

  • Six String Aug 2, 2012

    Can't the legislature just ban these types of storms like they did with the coastal plains water rise?

  • clickhere Aug 2, 2012

    Snow Hill area (near Greenville, NC) had hail for about 10 - 15 minutes around 1:00pm this afternoon. Scared the cats and dog at our place, no apparent damage at this point, nothing like the hail we had in April 2011.