Flash flood watches posted in advance of expected rain

Posted November 10, 2009

— The National Weather Service posted flash flood warnings Tuesday afternoon for more than 80 of the 100 counties in North Carolina in advance of an expected heavy rainfall.

"The rain could be rather excessive over the next couple of days," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

"Some models suggest up to 6 inches" of rain for the central part of the state by late on Thursday, he said. Raleigh could see more than 4 inches of rain over the next three days.

The storm that started the week as Hurricane Ida weakened Tuesday after making landfall in southern Alabama. It was downgraded to a tropical depression and was moving east over the Florida panhandle.

That system was expected to evolve into a low pressure rainmaker for the southeast in coming days, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. When remnants of the storm interact with a cold front moving across the area, heavy rain could result, she said.

"We are going to get a lot of rain in our area. We'll likely have some flooding issues around here by the time it's all said and done on Friday," Gardner said.

Triangle residents saw a cloudy, warm day with spotty showers Tuesday. The forecast high was 67 degrees.

"Just to our west, they already have flash flood watches and are anticipating 2 to 4 inches of rain," Gardner said.

Precipitation in the Triangle will pick up significantly Tuesday night and Wednesday, she said.

The steadiest and heaviest rain is expected on Wednesday, WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Temperatures will be cooler, too, with a forecast high of 53 degrees.

Thursday will be cloudy, windy and rainy with highs in the mid 50s. Friday will be cloudy as well with some drizzle.

The sun returns for the weekend with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

In preparation for heavy rains, the City of Raleigh put crews on alert to deal with clogged storm drains. Officials are also monitoring creeks.


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  • time4real Nov 10, 2009

    ALERT, ALERT: Winter storm watch lifted. Don't cancel those tee times, snow will pass north and west of us, as it usually does. This has been a wet finger forecast!

  • time4real Nov 10, 2009

    anyone care to comment, from wral, as to why all the rain is going around us, AGAIN?
    in Atlanta they call it a "heat dome" and I think they could call it a "bung dome" here!
    bet we get less than 1 inch the entire event!

  • dogeatdog Nov 10, 2009

    One question. I know the difference in a flood watch and a flash flood watch but why are some counties under one and some under the other? I know the flash flooding happens quickly, whereas the flood watch is (I think) more for rivers and streams that may rise slowly. Anyone help me on this?

  • dogeatdog Nov 10, 2009

    Just started raining in goldsboro...i think the heavier stuff is supposed to start tonight and Wed. morning when the low pressure area starts to form off the coast and slowly ride up the front that is stalled down there...our rain is not directly related to the remnants of Ida, but the moisture flow ahead of it

  • froggytroat Nov 10, 2009

    It's been darker than the inside of a cow all day where I am, but no rain to speak of.

  • Bulldog78 Nov 10, 2009

    29 people have commented on a weather story; we must be in a recession.

  • time4real Nov 10, 2009

    are you saying that the "comment sections of a news site" are worthless and they're just a waste of our time?

    radar stills shows us covered up and I see NOTHING outside!

    Oh wait, this just in, rain kicks west and goes up and around the triangle, as usual, leaving tee times intact for most!

  • m0nky Nov 10, 2009

    it kills me that it has been a couples years now into the drought and people still refuse to educate themselves on the issue. instead they spout ignorance in comment sections of a news site. you have an infinite highway to information at your finger tips and you still remain ignorant.


  • oldrebel Nov 10, 2009

    This story has really brought out the armchair weather experts.

  • HJRVS Nov 10, 2009

    Can someone please run over to the airport and move the rain gauge from under the parking garage? Maybe this time we can actually get an accurate reading.