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Region Calms Down After Wild Weather

Posted April 6, 2008

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— Light showers were all that remained of a severe weather system Sunday morning, while some counties remained under flood warnings.

Robeson and Bladen counties were under a flood warning from the National Weather Service that extended throughout Sunday.

Once the Lumber River reaches 13 feet, low land flooding could occur in Robeson. Flood waters could back into drainage ditches, affecting residential property.

The Cape Fear River was forecast to reach flood stage late Sunday afternoon. At 42 feet, water will top the navigational locks of the William O. Huske Dam, forcing operations to stop. Minor flooding was likely along the left bank of the river.

The Cape Fear River was at 37.56 feet at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Central and eastern North Carolina should expect scattered showers and sprinkles early in the morning. Cloudy skies will dominate the day, with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Fog and drizzle are possible toward Monday morning after night temperatures dip down into the mid to upper 40s.

Storm systems produced thunderstorms and large hail and prompted tornado and flood warnings across the region Friday and Saturday.

The Triangle and areas north and west of the capital city got substantial rainfall amounts. Over the past 48 hours, 0.79 inches fell on Raleigh, 1.36 inches on Chapel Hill, 0.47 on Roxboro and around an inch on Oxford, Roanoke Rapids and Louisburg.

However, the heaviest rains fell south and east of the Triangle.

In 48 hours, Elizabethtown got a whopping 4.01 inches, Kenansville 3.8 inches, Lumberton 3.73 inches and Fayetteville 3.20 inches. Totals at or above 3.0 inches were also reported in Clinton, Erwin and Muxton.

Goldsboro received 1.95 inches of rain.

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