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Maze: Threat of severe weather over as rain continues overnight

August 9, 2018

Gardner: Risk for severe weather tonight

The threat for severe weather had ended late Wednesday night, but not before the storms caused some damage around the Triangle.

Storms began popping up at about 4 p.m., and quickly prompted flood advisories and severe thunderstorm warnings, all of which expired by 10 p.m.

“The good news is the threat is over,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. “No more severe weather tonight. We’ll put this thing to bed, so to speak.”

The rain caused damage as it moved through the region, with reports of trees that had fallen on several homes in Four Oaks and a tree that fell on an SUV in Apex.

High school football preseason jamborees – scrimmages that allow teams to practice against real competition – were canceled in Cumberland and Johnston counties due to the threat of lightning.

The weather also led to the cancelation of the O.A.R. concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater. The event has been rescheduled for Aug. 29 and all tickets for Wednesday’s concert will be honored on that day.

In Fayetteville, a home was destroyed after a lightning strike sparked a fire and caused $160,000 worth of damage.

Maze said the wet weather will continue for several hours overnight before things dry out Thursday and Friday.

“What we’re going to see over the next couple of hours is just some general rainfall, maybe a couple of rumbles of thunder,” Maze said.

Maze said that the chance for rain reemerges Saturday and gets stronger through Tuesday.

“This will be successive case of these little disturbances moving through the area,” he said.

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