15 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Nash, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Mecklenburg, VA counties. Details
Published: 2009-06-05 06:24:00
Updated: 2009-06-05 22:32:33
Posted June 5, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — A second round of showers fell Friday across central North Carolina, with the heavier rainfall to the north of Raleigh, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
The rain was expected to let up throughout Friday evening after 24 hours of intermittently heavy downpours.
The chance of flash floods prompted the National Weather Service to issue advisories and watches early Friday afternoon. The Haw River in Alamance County was just over the flood stage of 18 feet at 8 p.m. It was expected to crest close to 19 feet Friday evening and fall below flood stage by Saturday morning.
"The main problem has been people trying to drive their car across a flooded road," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Just turn around, and go the other way. It's just not worth it to even try."
Light rain will continue overnight. It will slow down considerably Saturday morning and likely taper off by mid-day.
"Saturday will start cloudy and we'll see more sun as the day goes on," Fishel said. He did not anticipate any rain in the Triangle Saturday.
“Odds are tomorrow will be a rain-free day just about everywhere,” Fishel said.
Any rain that falls will likely be farther southeast, between Fayetteville and Wilmington, he said.
The rest of the weekend will be dry as the skies stay partly cloudy and temperatures rise once more into the low and mid 80s.