Hot streak persists despite rain, and lots of it

Thursday night was tough on animals and people who are anxious about thunder, but there have to be happy gardens across most counties in the Triangle.

Thunderstorms that dumped as much as 1.5 inches of rain in an hour did nothing to break the heat wave, however. Heat index calculations for the area for Friday afternoon were expected to run from 98 degrees to 103 degrees.

High temperatures were forecast to be in the mid-90s for a couple of days, then go back toward 100 degrees through the middle of next week.

There was little damage reported from the storms Thursday night.

A tree came down into East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill for the second time this week, and power outages hit the Chapel Hill area.

Duke Energy said about 275 people were still without power early Friday.

The National Weather Service’s official rain gauge at Raleigh-Durham International Airport had collected 1.86 inches by 11 p.m., and almost all of that fell between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., weather service data showed.

Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill had 2.76 inches of rain by 11 p.m.

A weather service volunteer about 6 miles east-northeast of Raleigh reported 2.15 inches of rain falling in two hours.

The weather service said RDU was 1.41 inches ahead of the average rainfall from June 1 through Thursday and 2.22 inches ahead of normal since 2015 began.

Johnston County, however, had almost no rain recorded at the airport in Smithfield.