Rain continues; flood watch extended
A flash flood watch is in effect for the Triangle and other counties through Friday afternoon. Some heavier showers and thunderstorms could drop rain at 2 inches an hour and cause localized flooding.Posted — Updated
The rain will last into Friday. Some of those storms could be severe, causing flooding and spawning tornadoes, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.
Widespread flooding is not expected, but some areas could see localized flooding, Maze said.
“Just about everybody has a good chance of getting soaked (Friday),” WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
"Low pressure rides up the front, keeping the rain going all night and all day tomorrow. It may be off and on tomorrow, but it'll be wet, so keep that umbrella handy," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"The main problem has been people trying to drive their car across a flooded road," Gardner said. "Just turn around, and go the other way. It's just not worth it to even try."
The rain will linger through Saturday morning, tapering off by mid-day. By then, as much as an inch of rain could have fallen.
The highest probability of rain Saturday afternoon is between Fayetteville and Wilmington.
“The farther north you go the drier you will be,” Fishel said.
The rest of the weekend will be dry as the skies stay partly cloudy and temperatures rise once more into the low and mid 80s.
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