Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Stormy Tuesday Night

Strong storms pounded parts of the Triangle with heavy rains, frequent lightning, and gusty winds Tuesday night. Some areas of Wake County reported over 3 inches of rain from the storms.

Here's a look at storm reports passed along to the National Weather Service:
  • 4:45pm -- Several trees reported down in Youngsville in Franklin County.
  • 5:10pm -- Dime sized hail reported south-southwest of Seven Springs in Wayne County.
  • 8:07pm -- Storm spotter reported a large tree down on Western Blvd. near South Sanders Street.
  • 8:10pm -- Penny to quarter size hail reported near NC State
  • 8:10pm -- Nickel size hail reported at Blue Ridge Road and Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh.
  • 8:13pm -- Quarter size hail and estimated 50mph wind gusts reported on NC State's Cetennial Campus.
  • 8:14pm -- Skywarn spotter reported a 60mph wind gust in Raleigh with trees and powerlines down on Morgan Street near Tryon Hill Drive.
  • 8:35pm -- Dime size hail near Harpers Crossroads in Chatham County
  • 9:40pm -- Two trees down on Country Club Road in Mount Olive in Wayne County.
  • 12:59am -- Ten Ten Road closed between Kildaire Farm Road and Holly Springs Road.

While the gusty winds and heavy rains did cause problems, the rains were beneficial in a way to help some with drought conditions across our area. Unfortunately, a slow, steady soaking rain would be much more beneficial compared to the heavy downpours from these storms.

Here's a look at rainfall totals from late Tuesday through early Wednesday --

  • Lake Wheeler (Raleigh) -- 3.15"
  • NC State Centennial Campus -- 2.87"
  • Reedy Creek (Raleigh) -- 2.82"
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport (Morrisville) -- 2.13"
  • Fayetteville: 1.03"
  • Chapel Hill: 0.98"
  • Rocky Mount-Wilson: 0.98"
  • Goldsboro: 0.46"
  • Henderson-Oxford: 0.22"

If you have any photos or reports from Tuesday night's storms, you can share them with us by e-mailing

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