Friday's forecast: Cool, calm day after the storm
Leftover clouds and sprinkles from Thursday's storm will give way to sunshine Friday, though a flood warning has been posted for the Neuse River in Johnston County. Daytime highs will reach the upper 40s to mid 50s.Posted — Updated
Leftover clouds and sprinkles from the storm will give way to sunshine Friday, along with much cooler temperatures. Daytime highs will reach the upper 40s to mid 50s.
Runoff is a concern, however. The National Weather Service posted a flood warning for the Neuse River at Clayton and Smithfield in Johnston County until further notice.
"Recent heavy rainfall will cause the rivers to rise above flood stage," the weather service said.
A 6:15 a.m. measurement at Clayton showed the river was at 6.5 feet, rising toward flood stage of 9 feet, the service said.
The river was expected to go above flood stage early Saturday and crest at 12.1 feet Sunday afternoon, forecasters said.
In Smithfield, the Neuse was at 9 feet Friday morning. Flood stage is 15 feet. Forecasters said the river would get to 17.4 feet Sunday afternoon and would flood Smithfield Town Park.
Saturday will be mostly sunny and cool with highs in the mid 40s. Sunday will be a bit milder with temperatures in the mid 50s. Next week is expected to warm up with temperatures in the mid 60s.
Heavy rain sparks flood advisories
Bands of rain, some heavy, swept through the state Thursday. There were no reports of major damage, but the storm may have been responsible for a house fire in Chapel Hill.
Earlier in the day, tornado watches were issued for several counties, including Wake, and heavy rainfall sparked some flood advisories.
In Fayetteville, a driver went into a flooded ditch. Jesse Partida said he climbed onto the roof until the fire department could pull him out.
Also in Fayetteville, one person was killed in a weather-related accident on Pamalee Drive.
House fire causes $1 million damage
The owners said they heard a big "boom" and saw a flash of lightning before the home began to shake. They saw a flash run down the chimney, and then flames coming from the basement.
Paramedics rushed one firefighter to the hospital after he complained of chest pains. The firefighter was listed in stable condition Thursday evening.