Severe weather moves through Triangle

Posted July 8, 2008
Updated July 9, 2008

— Watches and warnings continued as more severe weather moves through the state.

Storms are expected to continue throughout the the night and possibly into the early morning hours, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Fishel said the main threats from these storms are damaging straight-line winds and large hail. Lightning is also likely.

Progress Energy reported 4,594 customers were without power Tuesday evening. Duke Power representatives said no major power outages were reported in the WRAL viewing area, but more than 10,000 outages were reported near Charlotte.

The National Weather Service posted a tornado warning in Cumberland County after a funnel cloud was spotted on radar. Flash flood warnings also were issued. Earlier, a funnel cloud was spotted in Lee and Harnett counties, but the warnings there were canceled.

There were no reports of damage in Lee or Cumberland counties, but in Harnett County a power line was reported down.

The NWS received reports of downed trees in Nash, Person, Granville and Moore counties.

Two homes were flooded near Hope Mills Road in Cumberland County.

One-inch sized hail was reported in Johnston County. In Person County, there was a report of nearly 2 inch sized hail. Penny sized hail was reported in Nash, Lee and Wake  counties. Nickel sized hail was reported in Harnett County.

Temperatures on Tuesday reached into the upper 80s. Overnight the low is about 70 degrees. Wednesday is expected to also be warm with highs in the low 90s. Afternoon and evening showers are also expected.

A chance of rain exists through Friday.


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  • terwin3 Jul 9, 2008

    This is unrelated to the storms last night. I just want to sound off on water conservation. If we are in a drought, why is it okay for businesses to run their sprinklers in the hottest part of the day and also right after we have gotten over an inch of rain? Can anyone tell me the importance of this? I understand they want to keep their greenery green but why waster water like that.

  • 1Moms_View Jul 8, 2008

    Wish I'd been watching before I went to Walmart in Lee Co. Power flickered out there. Traffic light at the Walmart store/Hwy 87 intersection is out. I feel for the officer out there directing traffic in this pounding rain and the lightening. He was doing a great job keeping traffic flowing.

  • dlangston Jul 8, 2008

    Thanks Fish and WRAL for keeping your eye to the sky.. No need to appologize for breaking in when weather is bad..