Beta's remnants bring heavy rain, hail to Triangle
Posted September 18, 2020 5:07 a.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2020 6:48 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Saturday morning is still wet and dreary from storms that are hanging out over our area as the remnants of Beta pass over North Carolina.
Thunderstorms hit the Triangle Friday night and brought with them heavy rain and hail. There were power outages from the storms overnight, particularly in Wake County. The hail moved out of the area after 9:30 p.m., but some rain still remained into the night.
Wake, Cumberland and Durham counties had severe thunderstorm warning on Friday evening. The Triangle saw about half an inch to an inch of rain, with much of the rain and storms staying south and east of the area before eventually moving through the rest of the area.
Most of the reports of hail were confined to be in the western side of Wake County. The hail was big enough to do some damage -- you might wake up Saturday morning and find some dents in the top of your car if you are in this area.
Hail was reported to be as big as one and a half inches in areas near west of Cary.
There were some fallen trees and power lines down along Leesville Road in Raleigh. Police said a tree fell and brought power lines down in those areas. Other trees fell in the area near Crestmont Drive in Raleigh.
Rain chances will remain high on Saturday morning. Visibility was down to about a quarter of a mile in Raleigh and Durham. If you are driving Saturday morning, take caution and drive slow.
It should be drier on Saturday; there's a 30% chance of rain in the afternoon and temperatures expect to reach a comfortable 76 degrees.
But on Saturday, this persistent rain we've been feeling will taper off, and WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said it will be a nice weekend overall. A few showers could linger into Saturday, but widespread rain is not expected this weekend.
Much of the weekend should be dry – especially Sunday.
Beta has dissipated and is no longer a tropical depression, but before it weakened the storm dropped close to 15 inches of rain in Texas. In contrast, the Triangle will see less than 1.5 inches of rain from Beta's remnants.
Although elevated dew points could make the air feel steamy and summer-like again, the Climate Prediction Center's temperature outlook for Sep. 29 through Oct. 5 shows below-normal temperatures for North Carolina.