Storms 2, Triangle 0 – and more of the same for Monday

Posted June 22, 2008 7:59 a.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2008 12:10 a.m. EDT

— The weather system parked over the Southeast is offering no rest for the storm-weary in the Triangle, with rain almost certain overnight Sunday and thunderstorms likely popping up for a third straight day on Monday afternoon.

After some heavy local downpours Sunday, the National Weather Service put up flash-flood watches through 6 a.m. for Alamance, Orange, Durham and Chatham counties in the Triangle, along with dozens of others.

"It's been one of those nights where we've had a mixed bag of severe weather," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

Thunderstorms were possible, but not likely, overnight, Deaner said, but rain was going to continue. She also said fog could develop Monday morning if skies did clear.

"It looks like tomorrow another round of strong thunderstorms, some of which could move into that 'severe' category and drop a lot of rain just like we've seen yesterday and today," Dean said Sunday night. The upside of the storms, Deaner noted, is that, "We're getting some much-needed rain."

Sunday hail was reported from Burlington through Orange County and in Johnston County. At one point, Duke Energy reported more than 1,900 customers without power in Alamance County, 1,300 in Orange County and 1,000 in Durham County. Almost all had been restored by Sunday night, but more than 9,000 customers were dark in the Charlotte area, the utility reported.

The state Division of Forest Resources said an automated weather station recorded 1.8 inches falling on the northern part of the 41,000-acre, stubborn fire that has been burning in Washington, Tyrrell and Hyde counties for most of June. "Unfortunately, this amount was not received across the fire," forestry officials said in a statement.

The forecast for Tuesday becomes quieter and sunnier. The rest of the week will be partly or mostly sunny and warmer, with highs in the low 90s.