Impacts from heavy rain, flooding: Water rescue in Raleigh, tree down in Apex
Posted October 25, 2021 10:53 p.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2021 8:37 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A fast-moving line of thunderstorms moved into central North Carolina on Monday night, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, power outages and localized flooding in some areas.
The line of storms brought severe thunderstorm warnings and was moving east at 50 miles per hour and carried wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. Rainfall totals over the past 24 hours were up to two inches north of Raleigh.
The rain is expected to be gone for the entire area by 1 a.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and watches were canceled early as the storm moved through the area quickly.
In Raleigh, there was localized flooding near Dan Allen Drive and Sullivan Drive close to N.C. State's campus. The fire department rescued one person trapped in a vehicle in floodwaters in downtown Raleigh along West Street.
There were around 3,200 Duke Energy customers without power in Durham as of 10 p.m. The outages were concentrated in Durham's West End neighborhood and in north Durham.
In Apex, a tree went down on Optimist Farm Road.
"Our northern counties have the greatest risk," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "Raleigh north and west have the biggest risk for damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes."
The sun came back out around 4 p.m. in central North Carolina, but don't let that fool you. Meteorologist Kat Campbell said that severe storms are still possible.
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The band of storms, coming from the Midwest, has produced several isolated tornadoes. Gardner said that a tornado threat, while unlikely, cannot be ruled out.
"This all comes ahead of a cold front that will deliver cooler and less humid air for the morning commute," Gardner said.