Heat, humidity bring afternoon storms

Posted July 25, 2011

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— The heat and humidity combined for thunderstorms across central North Carolina on Monday afternoon.

The biggest threat from these slow-moving storms is strong wind gusts and cloud-to-ground lightning, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

Viewers reported storm damage on Weymouth Street in Durham, where the roof from an apartment complex landed on several nearby cars.

The work week started with a muggy morning Monday as humidity levels topped 80 percent before 8 a.m. Highs are expected to reach the upper 90s on Monday afternoon. 

Sunday marked the fifth day in a row with 100-degree temperatures at Raleigh Durham International Airport, setting an all-time record. The previous record streak of triple-digit days was four, set in 1983 and matched in 2008.

The high temperature in Raleigh hit 101 degrees Sunday, also beating a record for the date, which was set last year at 100 degrees.

The heat churned up severe thunderstorms in central North Carolina Sunday afternoon and evening, bringing heavy rainfall, strong winds and lightning.

The heavy rainfall caused some localized flooding in Chatham and Wake counties. A storm in Sampson County wasn't considered severe, but it did produce dime-sized hail.

By the start of next weekend, temperatures will likely be flirting with 100 degrees again.


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  • rufiedufie Jul 26, 2011

    we got heavy rainfall in fayetteville yesterday and loved it

  • Remy Jul 26, 2011

    Got some decent rain just south of Apex yesterday. Elizabeth was right on with her afternoon scattered showers prediction. Good job WRAL!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jul 26, 2011

    "Storm fell apart over North Raleigh again. Just a few drops to wet the pavement is all we got."

    I had warning after warning, flood warning no less, for the last 2 days and barely a drop. These guys really need to give up trying to pin-point an exact address for a rain drop, they're clueless.

  • Dido Jul 25, 2011

    Got a call from my daughter...she was at her in-laws on Lynn Road
    when lightning hit 2 of their trees. Unfortunately, she had parked her Explorer on the grass-the engine was fried. They did not lose power, but both TV sets were blown as well!

  • Skywatch_NC Jul 25, 2011

    Getting a very light but steady rain during this hour here in the Wakefield area of North Raleigh and its better than nothing at all. :)

  • Skywatch_NC Jul 25, 2011

    Storm fell apart over North Raleigh again. Just a few drops to wet the pavement is all we got.

    Same here ...must be a "built-in" RDS (rain deflector shield) over North Raleigh.

  • TrueWisdom Jul 25, 2011

    It was plenty of Thunder, Lightning and Rain in North Raleigh, its finally settling down.Sure will have more before the end of the night. :-)

  • Shamrock Jul 25, 2011

    Awesome rain in Pittsboro today!

  • cwood3 Jul 25, 2011

    Have any of you been between Rocky Mt. and Lake Gaston? That corn is worse than any I have ever scene. Much of it was 2-3' tall and brown-ugly. I'm getting JoCo corn lately, but this Nash/Halifax Co. corn is not even for the birds!!

    Music-I hear thunder!! Wow-it's raining-hard!! We get the prize this afternoon. Might even have to mow tomorrow evening! Haven't done that in a while.

  • Of The South Jul 25, 2011

    Plenty of rain in Garner right now. I left my desk for a few minutes to go outside and stand in it.