Storms blow through central NC after 'big soaking'

Posted February 26, 2013 5:45 a.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2013 10:41 p.m. EST

— Some strong to severe thunderstorms popped up in central North Carolina Tuesday evening in the wake of a weather system that drenched the area with rain throughout much of the day.

The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Wake, Harnett, Johnston, Hoke, Cumberland and Sampson counties between 7 and 8 p.m.

In Micro, a barn was demolished by strong winds, Johnston County authorities said. No one was injured.

More than three-quarters of an inch of rainfall was recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday. Over an inch of rainfall was recorded in Fayetteville and Goldsboro, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

"Today was a big soaking," he said. 

Sunshine makes a return to the area Wednesday. "It should be a simply beautiful day. We'll get to 60 degrees," Maze said.