Storms pop up in Triangle, central NC

Posted July 7, 2011 3:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2011 6:57 p.m. EDT

— In a familiar scenario, heat and humidity could spark storms and rain showers in central and eastern North Carolina through Thursday night.

Thunderstorms rolled across Wake, Durham, Orange, Granville, Chatham, Lee and Franklin counties in the mid-afternoon.

Lightning struck near the WUNC-FM station, possibly helping knock it offline, station manager Connie Walker said. The station was off the air for almost three hours.

Rain fell so fast it pooled on a gas station canopy in Wake Forest, causing it to buckle. No one was injured.

Not all areas will see rain Thursday, but the chance will continue into the early hours of Friday.

"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," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Scattered storms are likely to hit again on Friday and Saturday.

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

The chance for rain showers and storms will largely die off by Sunday.