A flash-flood warning was in effect Monday afternoon and evening for parts of central North Carolina, including Johnston County, eastern Wake County and parts of Wilson and Wayne counties.
With the land already saturated by a day of rain, additional heavy rains were expected to flood areas south and east of Raleigh. The National Weather Service listed Clayton, especially around the Little Creek area near N.C. 42, as a prime concern, along with other flood-prone parts of town.
The service’s flood warning was issued at 4:30 p.m and is set to expire about 10:30 p.m. Monday. The service Benson, Garner, Knightdale, Smithfield, Selma, Goldsboro and the city of Wilson as spot for potential flooding.
Monday evening could bring additional rainfall of one to two inches in areas that already had received between two and, in some spots, five inches, according to the weather service.
The federal government recommends that people in the path of a potential flash flood move immediately to higher ground, and that people be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas that can flood suddenly.
If you must leave your home, avoid walking through moving water of any depth and, if necessary, use a stick to check the ground ahead. Do not drive into flooded areas. If water rises around the car, officials recommend abandoning the vehicle and moving to higher ground if the water is not moving and not more than a few inches deep.
If the vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside and, if water is rising in the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.