Triangle Sees Some Showers; More on Way Friday

Posted October 25, 2007
Updated October 26, 2007

The Triangle got some light showers Thursday, but the area is expected to get some heavy rain and thunderstorms Friday afternoon and night, according to WRAL's Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service recorded 2.89 inches of rain in Roanoke Rapids, 1.79 in Raleigh and Rocky Mount, 1.69 in Chapel Hill, 1.45 in Erwin and .48 in Louisburg.

“[The rain] is wonderful,” said WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. “It’s all anyone’s talking about.”

The chances for rain are good through Saturday morning, when a cold front will bring cooler and drier air to the region.

Tornado warnings were issued for Sampson and Duplin counties about 3 p.m. after a funnel cloud was spotted near the Sampson-Duplin county line. The warnings expired at 3:30 p.m., and no damage or injuries were reported.

While the rain is a welcome sight, officials urge residents to remember North Carolina needs at least 15 inches of rainfall to ease statewide drought conditions.

"The rain we are getting this week, while welcome, is not going to be enough to get us out of this drought," said Gov. Mike Easley. "We cannot make it rain as much as we need, although I know you would if you could, so we must do even more to conserve the water we have."

Gardner echoed those statements saying she doesn’t expect the latest rain to affect the drought conditions much.

“It’s going to take a lot of rain,” she said.


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  • weasleyes Oct 25, 2007

    8" at my house, and my wife has to be a spoil sport!

  • TPanther775 Oct 25, 2007

    According to last years calculations we were up almost 7 inches last year and actually almost 2 inches the year before, we end as of now only 7.5 after the rains so far for the year. How in the world do we nedd 15 to get out of drought. I'll tell you why because all these businesses are going to continue to waste water and other citizens also. Bottom Line: Nothing was learned from 2002 Drought. Tells me that most people think there are endless suplies of resources. Well the day is coming we will find out one day and we will see who survives.

  • unclady Oct 25, 2007

    IT'S ABOUT TIME! I do wish they would be slow and long...however I will take it any way it comes! YESSSSSSSSSSSS!

  • TwoFer Oct 25, 2007

    Maybe Greg Fishel can wash his car in the rain or his pick 'em up truck!

  • Made In USA Oct 25, 2007

    I want to see Greg Fishel do a rain dance tonight at 11 PM on WRAL TV.

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  • MyKidsMom3 Oct 25, 2007

    Do businesses not have to conserve water? I was walking into Cary Wake Med today and noticed a man on the roof of the building. When I was leaving, I heard this loud noise and looked up. The guy was actually power washing the hospital. In the rain!So much for conserving water right.

  • Frank Downtown Oct 25, 2007

    Time for the municipalities to dig some wells and stop reling on the lakes and rivers!

  • Just WhiskeyKel Oct 25, 2007

    1 1/2 inches at the house from yesturday and today!!!

  • Michael Kenyon Oct 25, 2007

    Didn't know there was a science section. There doesn't appear to be a link from the home page. I have commented on science articles before. I think they have a number of sections that you have to know about 'cause they ain't tellin'!