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Thunderstorms sweep across Triangle

Posted May 13, 2011

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— A line of severe thunderstorms moved across the Triangle Friday evening, after a warm and muggy day in which high pressure kept rain at bay. As the high pressure ridge weakened after dark, fast-moving storms brought high winds and heavy rain in some locations. Viewers in Fayetteville and Lillington reported hail. 

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More rain, thunder and lightning are possible overnight. 

Scattered showers and even some thunderstorms could dampen the enthusiasm Saturday in Garner when fans turn out to welcome "American Idol" finalist Scotty McCreery. Any outdoor activities could be in jeopardy Saturday afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.  

On Saturday, a cold front will sweep across the state, creating the possibility for widespread storms from the mid-afternoon into the late evening.

"There is about an 80 percent chance of rain. There is a very good likelihood that storms will develop, especially during the hottest part of the day, between 3 and 7 p.m.," Maze said.

Fans going to the parade and concert for McCreery in Lake Benson Park should be prepared for rain.

"Keep the umbrella with you, the rain coat, whichever thing you like best, and plan to get wet," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"It's going to be pretty wet," Gardner said. "Make sure you're dressed well in your rain gear. And, of course, if we have some thunder and lightning, you're going to have to find a place to go inside."

Maze said the threat of severe storms was slight, with the possibility of high winds and some hail.

The atmosphere should dry out by Sunday afternoon, but the cloud cover remains. 

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  • johnwhite May 13, 2011

    lma1973 , i am getting some afternoon showers over here..morrisville..how about you, I know its rare :)

  • johnwhite May 13, 2011

    actually hfweather, the hottest part of the day is 5PM...why are you so happy criticizing weather ? Its to hard to predict but our weather services do a great job at staying on top....Thank you for informing us WRAL..i know its not a perfect science like people think it is..but you get it done

  • geosol May 13, 2011

    Thank you to so many people who have recognized and ignored the right wing weather troll here with multiple screen names (ima, toby, waiting, five dollar_, etc.) Have a great weekend and try to stay dry!

  • lma1973 May 13, 2011

    So are they backing off now? Title of article now changed to: "Chance of showers dampens weekend plans"

  • hfweather May 13, 2011

    "There is about an 80 percent chance of rain. There is a very good likelihood that storms will develop, especially during the hottest part of the day, between 3 and 7 p.m.," Maze said

    "Keep the umbrella with you, the rain coat, whichever thing you like best, and plan to get wet," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

    "It's going to be pretty wet," Gardner said. "Make sure you're dressed well in your rain gear. And, of course, if we have some thunder and lightning, you're going to have to find a place to go inside."

    THE HOTTEST POINT OF DAY IS 3PM NOT FROM 3-7 PM

    HAVE A UMBREALL BUT WATCH OUT FOR THE LIGHTNING,WHEN DOES SCOTTY LAND AT RDU?SURE WRAL WILL BE THERE

  • wildcat May 13, 2011

    WRAL is always right about the weather. Better take heed to it.

  • They call me CATMAN May 13, 2011

    5 Dollar Gas Is Your Fault Amen to what you said all American Idol is is glorified karaoke I will be SOOOOOO Glad when American Idol is over.

  • country4ever May 13, 2011

    OK

  • wildcat May 13, 2011

    We could certainly use the rain. Its needed all over.

  • lma1973 May 13, 2011

    I type in my zip code when i look at the forecast-i dont know about you guys.

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