Weather

Heavy rain brings flooding

Posted July 27, 2010 1:02 p.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2010 11:01 p.m. EDT

— A warm front drifting through the state helped create showers and some thunderstorms in central North Carolina on Tuesday.

Creeks overflowed and roads were covered with water after storm clusters brought heavy downpours and damaging winds.

Motorist Naomi Mireles was driving on Lower Moncure Road in Chatham County when her car stalled in standing water.

"We were trying to come through, but it was flooded,” Mireles said. "I thought that was it, that my car was gone.”

Sheriff's deputies blocked traffic on Farrell Road in Lee County after rain flooded the roadway.

"It was quite impressive. There was rapid water going over the road, about 6 to 8 inches,” motorist Trevor Boyle said.

Throughout the day, western Wake County saw about 4 inches of rain, while Chatham and Lee counties had as much as 5 inches.

With the cloud cover and showers, temperatures varied from the mid 70s to lower 80s Tuesday, much cooler than days past.

"It was still muggy, but we didn't have the heat to go with it," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The chance for showers continues Wednesday with highs expected to reach the lower 90s.

"There is a small probability of rain in the morning. With the heating of the day, we could see more scattered showers and thunderstorms firing up," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Thursday could bring storms as well with highs in the mid to upper 90s.