Trees down, flooding, hail as storms hit Triangle, Central NC

Hail falls Thursday night in Raleigh. Photo by Shane Norris/WNCN

Serious flooding and wind damage was reported in Rocky Mount and inch size hail was reported at a mall in Raleigh on Thursday evening as severe storms swept through the area and severe thunderstorm and flood warnings were issued for Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and Rocky Mount.

A severe thunderstorm warning and a flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for central Wake County. Another warning was issued at 8:35 for Orange County and Durham County until 9:15 p.m.

Damage in Person County from storms
PHOTOS: Click for photos of damage in Person County from Wednesday night storms

Some roads were affected in Raleigh because of flooding, including Millbrook and Creedmore. About 2.5 inches of rain fell between 9 and 10 pm in Chapel Hill, the weather service said.

In Orange County, power lines and tress were down near the Jones Ferry Road and the NC 54 Bypass, the weather service reported.

Around 10 pm, several trees were reported down in Rocky Mount and 3.11 inches of rain fell in one hour with many cars flooded in downtown Rocky Mount.

The heavy rain from 9 to 10 pm was measured at Beachwood Drive and Old Mill Road in Rocky Mount. Cars drove into flooded areas of downtown Rocky Mount and became stranded.

At 10:16, a downed tree was blocking the road near Sunset Avenue and Western Avenue in Rocky Mount.

At 8:34 p.m. Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 58 mph. The storm was located over Chapel Hill and moving southeast at 15 mph.

Just after 8 pm, 1 inch hail  was reported in many areas around Crabtree Valley Mall and Juniper Street near Juniper Court, according to the weather service.

* Locations impacted include… Durham…. Raleigh… Cary… Chapel Hill… RTP… Lake Jordan… Wake Forest… Garner… Zebulon… RDU Airport… Morrisville… Knightdale… Wendell… Rolesville… umstead State Park… Lake Wheeler… Lake Benson and Falls Lake.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds… destructive hail… deadly lightning and very heavy rain. For your protection… move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business. Heavy rains flood roads quickly so do not drive into areas where water covers the Road.

Heavy rainfall is also occurring with this storm… and may lead to flooding of low lying areas such as ditches… underpasses and other areas of poor drainage. Motorists should reduce driving speeds to avoid hydroplaning. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

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