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Heavy rain brings flooding

Posted July 27, 2010

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— A warm front drifting through the state helped create showers and some thunderstorms in central North Carolina on Tuesday.

Creeks overflowed and roads were covered with water after storm clusters brought heavy downpours and damaging winds.

Motorist Naomi Mireles was driving on Lower Moncure Road in Chatham County when her car stalled in standing water.

"We were trying to come through, but it was flooded,” Mireles said. "I thought that was it, that my car was gone.”

Flooding causes problems in Lee County Flooding causes problems in Lee, Chatham counties

Sheriff's deputies blocked traffic on Farrell Road in Lee County after rain flooded the roadway.

"It was quite impressive. There was rapid water going over the road, about 6 to 8 inches,” motorist Trevor Boyle said.

Throughout the day, western Wake County saw about 4 inches of rain, while Chatham and Lee counties had as much as 5 inches.

With the cloud cover and showers, temperatures varied from the mid 70s to lower 80s Tuesday, much cooler than days past.

"It was still muggy, but we didn't have the heat to go with it," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The chance for showers continues Wednesday with highs expected to reach the lower 90s.

"There is a small probability of rain in the morning. With the heating of the day, we could see more scattered showers and thunderstorms firing up," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Thursday could bring storms as well with highs in the mid to upper 90s.

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  • jmf1073 Jul 27, 2010

    NASH COUNTY still dry....but i see we were in the flash flood warning......whats up with this, think someone might be mistaken again????
    keneds

    Heavy rain in surrounding counties causes rivers and streams to rise, hence the flash flood warning.

  • keneds Jul 27, 2010

    NASH COUNTY still dry....but i see we were in the flash flood warning......whats up with this, think someone might be mistaken again????

  • rescuefan Jul 27, 2010

    "I think we're being falsely led on precipitation levels at RDU which is supposed to reflect our general area.....if you go on line and check elevation above sea level....RDU is about 75' higher than Raleigh and Durham.....closer to the sky...more rain..
    Big Mike"

    Now that is funny, I don't care who you are!

    We got .10 inch here in N Raleigh. So much for raining all day. I only wish it had!

  • whatusay Jul 27, 2010

    Rain, everywhere except Wilson County. I have been looking at the WRAL radar for 2-3 days. Everytime a thunderstorm looks like it might come our way, it splits and goes N-to Rocky Mount, and S-to Goldsboro.. Alas...no rain in Wilson. My tomato plants need water. Please...help.

  • Big Mike Jul 27, 2010

    I think we're being falsely led on precipitation levels at RDU which is supposed to reflect our general area.....if you go on line and check elevation above sea level....RDU is about 75' higher than Raleigh and Durham.....closer to the sky...more rain..

  • anonymous25 Jul 27, 2010

    lcarey,

    The phenomenon you're describing does seem to be real, but they've only recently begun studying it in any detail. See http://flagpole.com/Weekly/CityPages/SplittingStormsDoesRainAvoidAthens-19Aug09 for a decent layman's introduction. We get it real bad in Garner, like today, Apex is getting drowned, and my wife tells me it's just been raining a few drops off and on in northern Garner where we live.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Jul 27, 2010

    What do you know, it actually does rain 1 out of 10 times when they call for it!

  • icdumbpeople Jul 27, 2010

    81 degrees at 4:00 pm. I LOVE IT

  • kpic24 Jul 27, 2010

    2-3 inches of rain not at RDU .25. Is the airport not in western Wake County?

  • lcarey Jul 27, 2010

    Rocky Mount just can't seem to get any rain! Every time a good cloud comes towards us, it splits apart and we get nothing! Why does this keep happening? We need rain badly!

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