Showers stick around through Wednesday
Posted September 23, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — Another round of rain dampened the Triangle on Wednesday, but drier days are ahead.
The moisture in the atmosphere caused Wednesday to be mostly cloudy and muggy.
WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said areas like southern Wake and northern Harnett counties, which have already seen 4 to 5 inches of rain, could see more localized flooding.
Maze said the heat of the day helped some of the showers develop, but the rain should end by Wednesday evening.
The rest of the workweek will be partly sunny and warm with a slight chance of showers.
Downpours flood some streets
High water was reported Tuesday evening at the intersections of Durham and New Light roads, and Piney Grove Wilbon and Avent Ferry roads in Wake County. The sheriff’s office reported about 12 inches of water on the roadway.
High water was also reported along N.C. Highway 50 and Benson Road, near Angier. Motorists were urged to avoid problem areas if possible.
"There is a circulation that is pumping moisture to parts of Wake, Harnett and Chatham counties, and as a result there have been some prolific rainfall amounts," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
Flooding causes road closures in western N.C.
Dozens of roads remained closed in western North Carolina because of flooding caused by six straight days of rain.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that some evacuations were in effect in Transylvania County. A shelter was set up at the Brevard recreation center.
Several small landslides also were reported, including U.S. 276 near Sliding Rock and Connestee.
Duke Energy reported scattered power outages Tuesday, with Macon County reporting 267 customers without service.
Officials say the flooding is the worst since the remnants of hurricanes Frances and Ivan came through in 2004.
One Edneyville farmer said nearly one third of his 715 acres of corn were under several feet of water Monday.