Rain soaks Triangle as tornado threat expires

From staff reportsDecember 26, 2012 

— Tornado warnings went out for several counties, but the deadly weather system making headlines across the nation this week was little more than a wet slap for North Carolina’s Triangle on Wednesday.

Rain began shortly before dawn, and more than an inch was recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and at Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill.

By mid-afternoon, the heaviest rain and winds had blown through the Triangle to the coast and had given way to overcast skies. No tornadoes were reported.

“Besides the fact that we got a decent amount of rainfall, the threat is done for our area,” said Kathleen Carroll, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at RDU.

Wednesday’s rain is forecast to be followed by a cold front that will drop local highs into the mid-40s and nighttime lows into the 30s. Rain could return on Saturday.

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