Heavy thunderstorms cause flooding in Chapel Hill, Durham

From staff reportsMay 27, 2011 

Thunderstorms dropped heavy rain in Chatham, Orange and Durham counties, causing street flooding in several places, before moving into Wake County.

The National Weather Service says as much as 6 inches of rain has fallen in some areas this afternoon, according to Doppler radar estimates. Officially, 1.47 inches of rain had been recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport by 5 p.m., already a record for the day.

"But with the rain continuing that record will be eclipsed," said Terry Click, a weather service employee at N.C. State's Centennial campus.

The weather service had issued flood warnings for Orange, Durham, Wake and parts of Chatham and Granville counties, but they have all been lifted.

Police reported flooded roads near Eastgate Shopping Center in Chapel Hill and near the intersection of N.C. 55 and N.C. 54 in Durham. West Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill was also flooded.

In Durham, University Drive was closed heading away from downtown at the U.S. 15-501 (Chapel Hill Boulevard) intersection because of flooding.

The storms also knocked out power in some places. Progress Energy reported that more than 10,000 customers in western Wake and eastern Chatham counties were without power shortly before 3 p.m.

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