81 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2009-08-17 14:51:00
Updated: 2009-08-17 19:46:59
Posted August 17, 2009
Durham, N.C. — The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Wake County Monday afternoon through 5:15 p.m. The storms, over southeast Raleigh and Apex, were the latest to spawn from an afternoon of heat and humidity.
Radar indicated rainfall at rates of up to 2.5 inches in Raleigh just before 5 p.m. Heavy rain like that poses the risk of flooding of small streams and creeks. A WRAL viewer in Apex reported hail at the intersection of N.C. Highway 55 and U.S. Highway 64.
The storms are part of a typical late-summer pattern of heat, humidity and afternoon storms, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.
"Greg calls this meteorological monotony," Johnson said, referring to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
There is a chance for summer storms each afternoon this week, Johnson said. Any one storm could become severe, posing the threat of hail and high winds.