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Line of Severe Thunderstorms Strikes Triangle

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RALEIGH — Much of central North Carolina was hit by aline of fast-moving, severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon, while someareas saw no sign of badweather. In the Triangle and elsewhere, lightning, high winds and hailcaused some property damage and power outages.

In Cary, hail one inch in diameter was reported at McGregor Downs about 4p.m. Just before 5 p.m., a Skywarn spotter in North Raleigh reportedone-inch-diameter hail at Six Forks and Norwood. Hail also was reported inZebulon and New Hill in Wake County and Oxford in Granville County.

Limited visibility caused by the heavy rains created some problemson roadways. Many drivers waited out downpours on the shoulders duringafternoon rush hour.

Traffic officers tried to maintain order by redirecting some driversaround flooded areas. However, for some motorists, it was too late. Manyfound themselves trapped in rushing, knee-deep water, their cars floatingin thestreet.

There were reports of trees down in Cary and power outages in manyparts of the Triangle, but power crews worked hard to get most customersback online before nightfall.

Most of the severe activity was over by early evening, but a fewslow-moving cells were not as quick to dissipate. Granville and MooreCountieswere drenched with heavy rain through much of Monday night.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel predicts a rainy, cool week.However, he doubts that the activity later in the week will become asstrong as Monday's storms.

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