Rain expected to die out overnight

Posted July 9, 2008 1:55 p.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2008 10:52 p.m. EDT

— A line of thunderstorms moved east through the state Wednesday evening.

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said the storms should die out overnight.

Downed trees were reported in Durham, Orange, Alamance and Person counties. In Cary, minor flooding and downed trees were reported.

Progress Energy officials said 3,672 customers were without power in the WRAL viewing area Wednesday night.

A surface front approaching from the northwest will keep that chance of storms in the forecast through Thursday. The chance of rain is smaller for the weekend.

Temperatures reached into the upper 80s Wednesday with a low expected around 72 degrees. Thursday's high was expected to also reach the upper 80s.

On Tuesday night, severe weather caused tornado warnings in several counties and severe thunderstorms warnings for central and eastern portions of the state.

Numerous reports of downed trees and hail were seen across the state.

There were initial reports of a tornado briefly touching down in the Lemon Springs area of Lee County. A damage survey done by the NWS on Wednesday led meteorologists to conclude the storm did not produce a tornado.

A large pecan tree that fell on a house on Olivia Road, doing "considerable damage," officials said, but they added, "The damage was very consistent with straight-line wind damage."