Breezy Day Blows in Behind Triangle's Storms

Winds from the northwest today should help dry up a dripping Triangle that collected almost an inch of drought-fighting rain on Saturday, along with thunder, lightning and winds.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Cooler winds from the northwest were on tap for the Triangle Sunday, promising to dry up things in the wake of Saturday night's thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The storm system that bombarded the region moved north and east from Georgia, where tornadoes hit downtown Atlanta. It passed through the Carolinas and into Virginia and was on its way into the Atlantic on Sunday morning. There were unconfirmed reports of tornado touchdowns in South Carolina's Abbeville and Newberry counties.

Sgt. Marty Key with the Moore County Sheriff's Department reported seeing a funnel cloud above Carthage at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. However, there were no confirmed reports of tornadoes touching down in the state, WRAL Meteorologist Chris Thompson said.

Firefighters in Apex were looking at lightning as a possible cause of a house fire on Wimberly Road.

Forecasters predicted that the winds coming in as the low-pressure storm system would be 10 to 15 mph in the Triangle and stronger to the east. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind advisory for Dare and Hyde counties on the Outer Banks.

High temperatures will be in the low 60s in the Triangle on Sunday.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport reported more than three-quarters of an inch of rain  Saturday night, and other reporting stations in Wake County showed 0.83 inches. Siler City in Chatham County reported nearly 2.5 inches of rain.

WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said the storm brought the area to within about 5 inches of the normal rainfall observers would expect over the course of a year from March 16, 2007, through Saturday.

Any and all rain helps battle the state's drought, and Falls Lake, the main source of water for customers on Raleigh's water system, was at 249.2 feet Sunday morning, less than 2 feet below its 251-foot full level. 

About 3,000 people lost power in Wake County at some point Saturday evening. Downed trees and power-lines were reported across the Triangle. In Savannah, Ga., about 150,000 people lost power for a time Saturday night.

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