Drought-busting rainfall heads east; Stormy Mother’s Day ahead

Posted May 9, 2008

— Thursday night’s harsh storms, which killed one person and injured three others near Greensboro, pushed out of the Triangle Friday morning.

The skies began to clear, but a “stormy” Mother’s Day is ahead, according to WRAL Meteorologist Chris Thompson.

A tornado near Greensboro killed one person and injured three others late Thursday. 

The storm system that hit the Triangle Friday morning created rough weather in the Triad Thursday night.

Law enforcement officers reported a tornado 6 miles northwest of Greensboro around 11:29 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

The person killed was in a small truck in a parking lot near Triad Park west of Greensboro, said Alan Perdue, Emergency Services director for Guilford County. He did not have other details.

Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening, and a third person was treated at the scene and released, Perdue said.

Also, numerous trees and power lines were down and there were some trees on houses, he said.

The Winston-Salem Journal quoted the North Carolina Highway Patrol as saying the storm blew three tractor-trailers off Interstate 40 near N.C. 68 and not far from Piedmont Triad International Airport.

The National Weather Service said law enforcement agencies in Forsyth County reported some injuries, homes damaged and trees knocked down into homes around Clemmons, southwest of Winston-Salem.

The weather service listed the event as a tornado and estimated from radar tracking that it hit about 10:25 p.m.

Doppler radar showed the storm system moving northeast into Virginia by early Friday, and WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the Triangle appeared to have been spared a direct hit from that line of storms.

In the Triangle on Thursday night, lightning lit up the night sky and thunder rumbled over Orange and Durham counties about 8:30 p.m.


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  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 9, 2008

    Oh, have faith. Somehow they'll come up with some excuse why this rain will have no impact on the drought.

  • GWALLY May 9, 2008

    WOW....the nc drought management authority did a wonderfull job "managing" us right out of this drought!!!! Good job folks....glad to see our tax money "working" !!!!

  • PeaceOut2017 May 9, 2008

    Drought's already busted. What's it going to do, bust it again?

  • leo-nc May 9, 2008

    Who cares? What does your comment have to do with this story? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  • RaleighGator May 9, 2008

    This is exactly the type of situation that will always cause Falls Lake to be the least optimal solution to Raleigh and East Wake's water future. We can never split the flood control from drinking water source dilemna for Falls Lake. Meeker must tell the people of the area the complete plans to minimize the reliance on Falls Lake and when will these new solutions will be ready. And how they will keep this dilemna from cropping up every year. We cannot just blame the COE. Their job is flood control!