Published: 2020-06-19 07:10:00
Updated: 2020-06-19 23:42:50
By Mike Maze, WRAL meteorologist
A mostly sunny day gave way to clouds and the chance for thunderstorms through Friday evening in the Triangle.
At 4:30 p.m., Wake County was under a severe thunderstorm warning. Winds were gusting at up to 60 mph and hail the size of quarters was detected on radar in the northern part of the county near Wake Forest, Rolesville and Falls Lake. Chatham, Durham, Harnett and Lee counties were also under a severe thunderstorm warning.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms moved into Raleigh and other parts of Wake County around 9:30 p.m. It was part of a band of showers that were expected to continue to move through the area into late Friday and early Saturday.
Friday evening, Raleigh fire responded to a lightning strike on Bedfordtown Drive. Firefighters said there was no fire but a clear indication of a lightning strike on the side of the house. They were checking the attic and interior of the house for other damage before the area was cleared.
Some areas of the Triangle even saw some hail that came down as thunderstorms rolled through. Friday night saw heavy rain in several areas with flash flood warnings issued for counties due to the heavy rain.
Flash flooding is still a threat in communities along the Tar River, and more rain is forecast along the Interstate 95 corridor.
The pattern of summer-like days and a chance for thunderstorms is on repeat for the next couple of days, including the weekend.
Saturday morning will be cloudy, and the afternoon will have a 50-50 chance of scattered thunderstorms across the entire state.
On Sunday, temperatures heat up into the 90s, but the storm chance is somewhat less. Only about 20% of the Triangle area should see storms on Father's Day.
The coming work week will bring temperatures in the low 90s with a chance for thunderstorms each day.