Road closures, water rescues, and school delays have become the norm in North Carolina for the past month. It all started with Julia. Parts of North Carolina saw up to 10-17″ of rainfall as the tropical system lingered along the Atlantic coast. A stalled out front continued to bring scattered storms across the state, saturating the ground.
Second phone call for cars stuck in flood waters Is reporting that the cars have gotten out of the waters. @FYVFIRE is blocking the road
— FayettevilleFireDept (@FYVFIRE) July 1, 2016
— Fayetteville Police (@FayettevillePD) September 29, 2016
Wednesday night into Thursday morning, training thunderstorms inundated the Fayetteville area with up to 9″ of rain. Parts of Cumberland, Hoke, and Harnett counties were under a Flash Flood Emergency during the morning rush hour. Ten to fifteen roads were closed in the Anderson Creek area alone. Fort Bragg and Fayetteville area schools resorted to delaying and cancelling classes as a safety measure. A report to the National Weather Service in Raleigh stated that a home in Whispering Pines caught fire after it was struck by lightning.
Cross Creek overflowed its banks near Ray Avenue, sending water streaming across the road. The Lower Little River at Manchester skyrocketed to near record levels around 6:15 am EDT.
Lower Little River at Manchester
Near Greensboro, emergency managers and police were reporting cars partially submerged in flood waters. Here’s more from our affiliate WFMY:
“Parts of the viewing area have already received an estimated four to five inches of rain with more on the way late Wednesday night. As of 10:30, Duke Energy’s power outage map showed 1,620 customers’ power was affected by the storm.
The Burlington Police Department is warning drivers to stay off the roads. BPD is tweeting about several roads that are flooded.
WFMY News 2 spoke with two residents of a Burlington neighborhood who said their road buckled, and there was no way for residents to get to a main road. This was on Tangle Ridge Trail. Alamance 911 Communications said firefighters and sheriff’s deputies were on scene Wednesday night and had the road taped off.”
The forecast for Greensboro keeps rain chances around for the next few days due to a stalled out upper level trough. Thankfully, skies will likely clear in the weekend.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos