Rain comes to an end; drier weather ahead

Posted September 30, 2010
Updated July 20, 2011

— Driving rain from a storm system moving up the East Coast brought flooding to parts of central and eastern North Carolina on Thursday, but relief from the rain is on the way this weekend.

The coastal areas saw the most flooding on Thursday.

Nearly 21 inches collected in Wilmington since rain started falling Sunday topped Hurricane Floyd’s five-day mark of 19 inches set in 1999, the National Weather Service said.

New Hanover County emergency officials were concerned about flooding on Water Street in downtown Wilmington because of an expected 2-foot tidal surge.

Flood watches and warnings remain in effect for many coastal counties until Friday.

In Carolina Beach, people were wading through flood waters on kayaks. Town officials said they are pumping out 12 to 13 million gallons of water from the area a day.

"I'm afraid of the mess left behind when the water goes away," Carolina Beach resident Leslie Bivans said.

In Brunswick County, N.C. Highway 211 at the Lockwood Folly Bridge remained closed  on Thursday night due to high water. Gilbert Road and N.C. Highway 133 from Dawes Creek to the 50 Lakes Section were also closed.

In Pender County, 13 roads remained closed with barricades Thursday night. More roads were deemed impassable and flooded but were not officially closed.

Public schools in Brunswick and Pender counties are closed on Friday.

In Johnston County, the record rainfall made the DeSilva family feel like their home was on an island. The family said the water was flowing from Hannah's Creek, which runs under a bridge near their property. They said debris builds up under the overpass and when the rain started falling on Thursday there was no place for the water to flow but their yard.

"I think they need to come and clean this creek every so often," Ann DeSilva said.

State emergency officials warned that moderate to major flooding in low-lying areas along rivers and creeks would likely continue into early next week.

Jeff Orrock, a National Weather Service meteorologist, advised Smithfield residents to keep an eye on the Neuse River.

“We’re already forecasting minor to moderate flooding, and that may push those river levels up a little higher,” he said. “They have a lot of problems on the Neuse River at about 20 to 21 feet. Right now, the forecast is for 18.5 feet.”

In Raleigh, concerns about Crabtree Creek flooding prompted Crabtree Valley Mall to close its lower parking deck, and nearby automotive dealerships moved vehicles from their lots as a precaution.

Water levels at Crabtree Creek crested earlier Thursday at 15.35 feet, and it was expected to continue falling.

Windsor flooding Heavy rain floods coastal N.C.

A new band of showers worked its way up along the North Carolina coast Thursday evening brought additional rain. After those showers pass, things will start to dry out, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

“Here in the Triangle, it looks like all the heavy rain is over and we should be setting ourselves up a couple of pretty nice days tomorrow and again into Saturday,” Fishel said.

Thursday night’s forecast called for mostly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Friday will be partly to mostly sunny, with lower humidity and a high around 77 degrees. Saturday will be sunnier and cooler, with a high in the low to mid-70s. Lows will be around 50.

“On Sunday, it looks like we’re going to start to cloud up as a system tries to develop along the coast,” Fishel said. “There’s still some uncertainty as to how much rain that will give us, but it has some potential on Sunday night into Monday, and it could also be very, very chilly when that rain occurs.”


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  • pyrosinthesky Sep 30, 2010

    > It is 4:40 Thursday afternoon and it is raining again. Doppler shows rain moving back in from coast. Did someone miss this???

    Apparently someone did. I'm surprised these so-called weather gurus who post on here aren't complaining that the predicted high temp has been reached at 12:01 a.m.

    I'm sure they would all love to have someone critiquing their job every day.

  • cindy2345 Sep 30, 2010

    It is 4:40 Thursday afternoon and it is raining again. Doppler shows rain moving back in from coast. Did someone miss this???

  • pyrosinthesky Sep 30, 2010

    Reading comprehension has really gone downhill. Have you bothered looking at how much is has rained today? It is STILL raining on the coast. 9:22 am still counts as today.

    "North Carolinians must get through one more in a record-setting stretch of rainy days." However you want to parse that to fit your interpretation, please add the explanation of how people that live in the eastern part of the state are not North Carolinians.

    Have you looked at the radar NOW?

  • u stand corrected Sep 30, 2010

    usually does

  • lma1973 Sep 30, 2010

    The article wasnt speaking retrospectively. It began with "North Carolinians must get through one more in a record-setting stretch of rainy days, but they can look forward to drier weather soon." So when it said 1-3 inches of rain in the context of this article it was in relation to the one more rainy day. The article was updated at 9:22AM and we got no more rain.

  • Remy Sep 30, 2010

    " Zero will hit the east coast, and they predicted how many?
    " naacpadnadvanced

    Actually they did not predict that any would hit the coast because they don't predict that. They forecasted 14-20 named storms, and I think we are around 9 or 10 now, so I would say they are getting pretty close.

  • Remy Sep 30, 2010

    riggs - the naacpandadvancedcangojump guy knows their comments are ridiculous. They also do not like wral weather forecasts, but keeps coming back just to have something to complain about. Must be a lonely world they live in. They should probably get out more and see what life has to offer.

  • pyrosinthesky Sep 30, 2010

    > At that point we didnt get any more rain.

    Again, where is that word "more" in the sentence in the article? Anyway, it was still raining at my house after 9:22. Also, updated doesn't necessarily mean completely revised. It was probably for some grammer issue.

    Updated: grammer -> grammar

  • riggs Sep 30, 2010

    naacpandanvancedcangojump - dude, what is your problem? could you not make it through a meterology degree in school or what?? you sound like you are in the 4th grade.

  • lma1973 Sep 30, 2010

    It says it was "Updated: 9:22 a.m. today"

    At that point we didnt get any more rain.