Heavy rain causes ceiling collapse at tornado-damaged home

Posted August 6, 2011 7:13 a.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2011 11:42 p.m. EDT

— Saturday morning's rain in Raleigh was too heavy for the makeshift roof covering a home damaged in the April 16 tornadoes. The rush of water accumulated tarps covering parts of the roof at 1940 Booker Drive, leaked through to the attic and caused the ceiling to collapse, resident Patriece Williams said.

Williams said rain and pieces of insulation poured into her home around 6 a.m. through holes where the roof was damaged in the spring when tornadoes raked the city and left four dead. 

Much of central North Carolina awoke to the sounds of heavy thunderstorms Saturday as a frontal boundary stalled over an area stretching from Chatham County to Rocky Mount and Tarboro before dawn, bringing up to five inches of rain in some spots, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. Doppler radar estimated three to five inches had fallen in Cary, Morrisville and Raleigh. 

Scattered showers and thunderstorms continued to pop up throughout the day and were expected to continue overnight and into Sunday morning.

At 8 a.m., high water was reported at Atlantic Avenue and Hodges Street in Raleigh, and Crabtree Creek was rising rapidly along Glenwood Avenue. More than a foot of water was pooled at Chapel Hill and East Durham roads in Cary, local authorities said. 

A tornado touched down in Wilson County at about 11:25 a.m., whipping up winds that reached 85 mph and caused minor damage to seven mobile homes, Deaner said.

Rodney Dancy, assistant director of emergency management, said high winds also damaged a turkey house at Saul's Turkey Farm, at 8152 Pelt Road, and blew down trees and power lines on Jaycross and Issac roads. No one was injured, and the turkeys were relocated safely, Dancy said.