Triangle should start to dry out today after days of wet weather

September 17, 2018

North Carolina Radar

After several days of Florence’s soaking rains, the Triangle should begin drying out, starting today.

A flash flood warning was in effect early Monday morning for much of the Triangle and central North Carolina, but WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the bands of rain that have moved through the region will start to ease, setting the stage for drier conditions.

“Our rainfall potential is really starting to go down,” she said. “The rain bands will ease up around lunch time, and the rain really eases up on Tuesday. Don’t be surprised to see a little sunshine.”

A tornado watch was in effect for Cumberland and Sampson counties because of the unsettled conditions in that area. The watch was expected to expire around 5 a.m. Monday.

Florence has been called a “monster” storm by Gov. Roy Cooper, after the slow-moving system flooded parts of the North Carolina coast as it moved from the Atlantic Ocean into the state.

From Friday to Sunday, Gardner said nearly 6 inches of rain has been reported in Raleigh while just over 13 inches has been logged in the Fayetteville area.

Gardner said drier air will filter into the Triangle and Tuesday through the weekend should be mostly dry although there was a chance for scattered showers when a cold front moves into the region Wednesday.

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