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Remnants of Danny Soak Triangle

Posted July 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Remnants of Danny, which flooded Charlotte on Wednesday, 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 to about 100,000 CP&L customers.

After rolling through the Sandhills late Wednesday and early Thursday, the storm hit the Raleigh-Durham area during the morning rush hour, flooding low-lying intersections and tying up traffic. No injuries were reported.

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

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

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

This morning's rain came down fast and hard and 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 wrong places. Several areas along the path of Crabtree Creek were under water 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 Capital Inn's parking lot was blanketed by water this morning. Guests could only watch from the balcony as rising water from Crabtree Creek took over. At a nearby restaurant, tomatoes and eggs flowed out the front door, washing away appetites.

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

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

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

Danny, a weak hurricane that made landfall in Alabama last week, has affected communities across the Carolinas. Dozens of trees came down early this morning in Richland County, South Carolina. The state was hit with nearly five inches of rain overnight.

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 coal train down with it. The crew left before the bridge gave way, and no one was injured. The the train did spill 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel, forcing evacuations.

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

In Durham, call560-4326.