Storms, rain roll across central NC

Posted July 6, 2011 3:56 p.m. EDT
Updated July 6, 2011 9:18 p.m. EDT

— Rainy, stormy conditions that have plagued the Triangle through the week will continue Wednesday, with precipitation varying across the area.

"The radar's lit up with showers and thunderstorms," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "If you're out and about late this afternoon and evening, you're likely to need your umbrella."

Bands of scattered storms and showers kept re-developing across central and eastern North Carolina throughout the mid-afternoon.

Not all areas have seen rain, but the chance for rain will continue into the early hours of Thursday, as a front descends from the north. The Sandhills and the coastal plain have the best shot at rain.

Some storms could become strong, with wind gusts up to 60 mph. Rains could be heavy at times, leading to localized flooding.

"We're going to see the same scenario over the next couple days. We have the heat, we have the humidity, and there's some upper-level disturbances coming through," Maze said.

Scattered storms are likely to hit again on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday has a shot at rain as well.

A tropical wave forming in Florida Wednesday will likely come north, helping bring rain to North Carolina.

"We may see some tropical moisture being fed into this by late this week or early this weekend. That means the downpours could get heavier," Maze said.