Andrea moves through quickly, douses Triangle with rain

ablythe@newsobserver.comJune 7, 2013 

— Andrea, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, came through the Triangle in two intensely dousing waves Friday, leaving a bit of a name for herself by causing flash floods and creating havoc for outdoor event planners.

National Weather Service meteorologists reported that Andrea dumped more than five inches of rain in the Triangle region in the morning and mid-afternoon waves.

Roads in low-lying areas were closed as water pooled across them. Trees were downed, and many events were delayed or canceled.

NCAA baseball Super Regional openers in the Triangle were pushed to Saturday – with the UNC Tar Heels now scheduled to face off against South Carolina at 12:05 p.m. Saturday at Boshamer Stadium in Chapel Hill and the N.C. State Wolfpack now set to play Rice University at 4 p.m. at Doak Field in Raleigh.

Crabtree Valley Mall closed about 5 p.m. Friday, as nearby Crabtree Creek spilled over its banks, and some lower parking lots were flooded.

Spokeswoman Christy Alphin said no water came into the mall and that everything should be back to normal for the 10 a.m. Saturday opening.

“As quickly as it came, it began to recede,” she said.

Local law enforcement agencies encouraged drivers to move carefully along major traffic arteries, noting flooding in western Raleigh and along Glenwood Avenue, where Brier Creek’s high waters were causing problems.

Flooding also was reported along the Neuse River near Clayton and Smithfield in Johnston County.

Apex High School canceled its graduation rehearsal at the Raleigh Convention Center because of the inclement weather, leaving the possibility that the 2013 graduating class could take the stage Thursday with only a quick walk-through before the actual ceremony.

Andrea (pronounced AN’-dree-ah) made landfall Thursday in Florida’s Big Bend with heavy rains, winds of nearly 45 miles per hour and reports of tornadoes.

By Friday, the storm had lost much of its landfall intensity, offering occasional peeks of the sun between deluges.

North Carolina saw wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service meteorologists in Raleigh.

Duke Energy reported scattered power outages in the eastern part of the state, with about 1,000 customers without service in the Raleigh area.

Forecasters say there could be thunderstorm activity throughout Saturday, with temperatures in the 80s.

But the last of Andrea, they say, should be well north of here.

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