Steady showers, storms again flood access at Wake dialysis clinic

Posted October 15, 2014 4:13 a.m. EDT
Updated October 15, 2014 2:24 p.m. EDT

— Showers and thunderstorms associated with a slow-moving cold front rumbled through central North Carolina during the morning commute Wednesday, dumping about a half an inch of rain in Raleigh.

The leading edge of the precipitation began pushing into the area at about 3 a.m., and by 9 a.m., the bulk of the heavy precipitation was east of the state capital.

At Southwest Wake Dialysis center, patients made use of a temporary access from Tryon Road when Durham Drive again flooded as the rain poured down.

Access to the center has been limited several times in heavy rains recently due to a blocked culvert. The property owner and city disagree about who will pay to clear the blockage, caused by road maintenance workers. The city's public works manager says since the culvert is on private property, it's the owner's responsibility to make repairs.

By early afternoon, sun was starting to peek through to the west of the Triangle.

"We could see sunshine late in the day in some spots, although it's hard to know exactly how fast the rain will clear our area," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "The good news is that we shouldn't have any rain in the Triangle during the evening commute."

Skies will clear completely overnight, and cooler, drier air will settle in behind the front. Overnight lows will dip into the upper 40s early Thursday, marking the beginning of a beautiful stretch of fall-like weather.

Highs Thursday through Monday will hover in the low 70s, and overnight lows will be between the mid-40s and low 50s.