ALERT DAY: Rare July cold front brings storms to central NC


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A rare July cold front brought strong storms and severe weather to most of central North Carolina on Tuesday.

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The Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Flash Flood Watch that was in effect earlier has been dropped for most of central North Carolina as of Tuesday night, with the rest expiring late Tuesday night. The main threat from storms Tuesday was damaging straight-line winds, heavy downpours and frequent lightning.

Lightning strikes caused at least two house fires in Wake County. Areas in Wilson, Wayne and Johnston counties were under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes in the mid-afternoon.

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A trained tornado spotter reported damage in Willow Spring. A CBS 17 crew reported some trees being damaged, fences blown down and yards littered with debris in that area.

Storm damage in Willow Spring (Collen Quigley/CBS 17)

Raleigh police said while there have been no large scale weather-related issues, several intersections were without power.

Heavy rain was a problem for most of central North Carolina Tuesday. The Flash Flood Watch has been dropped, but many across the area received more than two inches of rain.

Showers will move out late Tuesday night and the rest of the week will be dry, cooler, and much less humid. Today’s cold front will also keep what’s left of tropical depression #3 safely offshore — that system won’t have an impact on our weather in central North Carolina.

After seeing highs in the 90s for thirteen days in a row, the high in the Triangle Tuesday was only 82°. The rest of the week will also have highs in the 80s, but 90s will return later this weekend. Rain is not expected to return until early next week.

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