Storms spark flood concerns

Posted August 30, 2008 7:25 a.m. EDT

— Spotty thunderstorms developed across the Triangle and the coastal plain on Friday night, prompting some flood concerns.

The ground remains saturated from days of rain, and that made conditions ripe for flooding, WRAL Meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The storms dumped 1.59 inches of rain on Fayetteville.

Wake and Johnston counties were under flash flood warnings for part of the night. In Zebulon, officials said portions of Arendell Avenue were flooded.

At one point, Progress Energy reported that 273 customers without power in Cary, 35 in Raleigh and 46 Hope Mill. In Wendell, isolated outages occurred.

Some high school football games were delayed due to lightning.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay have helped create a moisture barrier that will be moving out early this weekend.

A cold front will move through the area Saturday afternoon. Combined with the warm, humid air, the front could spark storms in the afternoon and evening.

The front's passage will continue to create some instability in the atmosphere Sunday, but the system should be settled in place by Labor Day. That will mean less humid air, no chance of rain and cooler temperatures.

A stretch of sunny, dry, cooler weather is predicted to follow.