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Remnants of Danny Soak Triangle

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Crabtree Creek spilled over its banks flooding several areas in Raleigh.
RALEIGH — Remnants of Danny, which flooded Charlotte onWednesday, dropped rain at a rate of up to 3.5 inches an hour,flooding many low-lying areas in the Triangle and knocking out power toabout 100,000 CP&L customers.

After rolling through the Sandhills late Wednesday and earlyThursday, the storm hit theRaleigh-Durham area during the morning rush hour, floodinglow-lying intersections and tying up traffic. No injuries werereported.

In neighboring Johnston County, high winds blew downtrees near Benson, one of them damaging a residence, said KimRobertson, the county's mitigation recovery coordinator.

The powerful storm knocked out power to about 100,000 CarolinaPower & Light Co. customers in the north-central part of the state,said CP&L spokeswoman Sally Ramey. She said most of the outageswere due to tree limbs blown onto power lines and lightningshorting out equipment.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings fornorth-central North Carolina as the storm pushed on a northeasterlytrack through the area. A tornado watch was posted for northeasternNorth Carolina until Thursday afternoon.

This morning's rain came down fast and hardand took many by surprise. So much fell in such a short period of time, there was no place for all the water to go. It ended up in all the wrongplaces. Several areas along the path of Crabtree Creek were underwater as water spilled over the banks. Glenwood Avenue and Anderson Drive were flooded, as was the area near Wake Forest and Six Forks Roads.

Capital Boulevard in Raleigh was particularly hard hit. The CapitalInn's parking lot was blanketed by water this morning. Guests could onlywatch from the balcony as rising water from Crabtree Creek took over. Ata nearby restaurant, tomatoes and eggs flowed out the front door, washingaway appetites.

Restaurant owner Pete Watkins said everything was fine when theyopened, but trouble came later in the form of waist-deep water.

After moving out of Raleigh, the storm dumped heavy rains on RockyMount and Wilson.

Carolina Power and Light is working to restore power to its customers.Outages have been reported throughout Franklin, Nash, Wake, Johnston andHarnett counties.

Danny, a weak hurricane that made landfall in Alabama lastweek, has affected communities across the Carolinas.Dozens of trees came down early this morning in RichlandCounty, South Carolina. The state was hit with nearly five inches of rainovernight.

Severe flooding created dangerous situations in Charlotte.Crews are now searching for a missing 5-year-old girl, fell in to the rising water of Stewart Creek when she fell in.So far, one person had died in the flooding.

Also in Charlotte, a trestle collapsed Wednesday, bringing a 90-car coaltrain down with it.The crew left before the bridge gave way, and no one was injured. Thethe train did spill 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel, forcing evacuations.

If the heavy rains are causing drainage problems for your home, you canget help.In Raleigh call890-3836.

In Durham, call560-4326.

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