Severe Weather Threat Over for Triangle Area

Posted April 12, 2008 6:23 a.m. EDT
Updated April 12, 2008 10:33 p.m. EDT

— The threat of severe weather in the Triangle area diminished late Saturday afternoon, as a cold front moved through the state.

Early in the afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for northern Wayne, east-central Johnston and southern Wilson counties. During that time the NWS said there were reports of two tornados, which caused damage in Wayne County.

Damage included, the roof being ripped off of a mobile home in the Oakland community on Princeton Road.

Downed trees were reported at the intersection of Belfast and Highway 117 near Goldsboro and at  Williams Road and Highway 581 near Rosewood.

Golf-ball sized hail was reported in Johnston County.

Earlier in the day the NWS placed most counties from Raleigh east under a severe-thunderstorm watch. The watch was lifted early Saturday evening.

The cold front was also predicted to usher in a cooldown after Friday's high of 83 and a high in the upper 70s Saturday.

"It's going to get cooler after this. In fact, we could see some frosty mornings," WRAL Meteorologist Chris Thompson said.

Temperatures will drop to 47 degrees overnight and only return to the low 60s Sunday. Lows on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights will plummet into the 30s.

The NWS issued a flood warning for Robeson County throughout the weekend. A flood warning for Lenior County was lifted Saturday evening.

Robeson County was experiencing minor flooding along the Lumber River around Lumberton Friday. At 7:45 p.m., the river was 13.63 feet high – just above its flood stage.

The level of river was predicted to recede slowly but stay above flood stage through Sunday. Floodwaters could back up into drainage pipes and affect residential properties in Lumberton.