Storms leave Triangle soaked and ready for sun

akenney@newsobserver.comApril 25, 2014 

— The last of a string of storms seemed to be passing the Triangle by early evening Friday.

“The back edge is right here, so once what we have left moves out, we’re done,” said Steve Stewart, a WTVD meteorologist.

The National Weather Service called off a storm warning for the area and the atmosphere stabilized as showers trailed off, according to Stewart.

The stormy weather brought showers of oversized hail to the Triangle and downed trees in Chatham County on Friday afternoon.

Durham officials reported quarter-sized hail and winds near 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service. A strong storm moved through Durham and across northern Wake County about 2 p.m.

The bad weather had marched on to northeastern North Carolina by 6:30 p.m., bringing severe thunderstorm warnings stretching from Johnston County past Rocky Mount and toward Elizabeth City in the far corner of the state. The weather service also put out flash-flood warnings near Henderson and Roanoke Rapids.

Residents reported two possible tornadoes in Nash and Halifax counties late in the afternoon. A homeowner in Castalia saw a funnel cloud and tree damage, while a possible tornado near Aventon apparently tore roofing from a house and shed.

The NWS kept a tornado watch for parts of Central and Eastern North Carolina, including Wake and Johnston counties, but called it off by 8:30 p.m.

In the Triangle, a stretch of good weather began as night fell.

“The rain is even going to come to an end here really soon and then we’re going to clear out and have a great weekend,” Stewart said at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday looks to be sunny with a high about 80, but thunderstorms could appear periodically into next week.


Kenney: 919-829-4870; Twitter: @KenneyNC

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