Intense storms in Triangle cause house fire, bring flooding, spur water rescues

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — At least one residence in Raleigh caught fire after a lighting strike on Saturday night and others were reported throughout Wake County as more than 5 inches of rain flooded many areas, leading to several water rescues.

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There were reports of three dwellings — including one apartment building in Cary — that caught fire after lightning strikes as intense storms moved through the region.

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Meanwhile, there were many reports of flooding, including several reports of water rescues — one at Glenwood Ave and Creedmoor Road and another at Lake Boone Trail and Interstate 440.

About 3 miles east-northeast of Cary, a woman and three children were rescued from a flooded minivan on King Lawrence Road between Baker Road and Medfield Road, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple water rescues were reported in Cary, including at Cary Parkway and Saddle Creek, High House Road and Davis Drive, and Harrison Avenue and Weston Parkway.

In the area of Cary Parkway and High House Road, cars were caught in a flooded area, where water came up to the roofs of the cars.

Also, several cars were swamped in Chapel Hill at Epshesus Church Road and Legion Road, where the road is washed out with up to 3 feet of water, reports indicated.

In Raleigh, Crabtree Creek rose more than 8 feet during one hour, closing roads near Crabtree Valley Mall and flooding vehicles in the mall parking deck and parking lot. The intersection at Atlantic Avenue and Hodges Road was also closed after the creek rose 15 feet overnight in the area.

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The first lightning fire, which was confirmed, was around 7:40 p.m. at a two-story home at 1807 Carrington Drive, which is near I-540 and Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh Fire officials said.

Flames were visible at the house on Carrington Drive when firefighters arrived, according to photos from the scene.

The people who live at the home were not injured and plan to stay with a friend in town, the family told CBS North Carolina.

Fire crews at the scene said that there were six other incidents of building fires sparked by lighting in the area — while the National Weather Service reported there was “nearly continuous cloud to ground lightning” during the storms.

There was a report around 8:40 p.m. of a fire at a three-story apartment building at 2235 Preston Grove Ave. in Cary. Flames were reported from the structure.

That fire was started by a lightning strike, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the public reported over 5 inches of rain in west Cary since thunderstorms began around 7:30 p.m, the National Weather Service said.

Doppler radar indicated slow moving thunderstorms were continuously redeveloping from near Jordan Lake east through Cary and into north Raleigh.

Flooding was occurring and driving was not recommended in the warning area.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Hillside High School, located at 3727 Fayetteville Road in Durham for anyone displaced from the flooding. The shelter opened at 11 a.m. Sunday and so far people are utilizing the shelter.




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