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Rainy, gloomy skies aren’t going away yet. Scattered thunderstorms and showers are causing flood warnings in multiple counties across North Carolina.
Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Robeson and many other counties were under a flood warning.
Caswell, Cumberland, Hoke, Sampson and many others were under flash flood watches or warnings.
Flooding is still a threat in communities along the Tar River, and more rain is forecast along the Interstate 95 corridor. There’s a 50% chance of rain on Saturday evening.
The slow-moving storms moving across the state are forecast to gradually clear out as we head into the evening hours.
Saturday is the first day of summer — with a humid, muggy high of 86 degrees and potential for storms.
Sampson, Wayne and Cumberland counties are under a severe risk of storms Saturday night. If you live in these counties, watch out for damaging wind gusts, hail and heavy rain.
Father’s Day, Sunday, has less of a chance of rain than Saturday — but still a 20% chance of rain. Temperatures are expected to be 90 degrees.
Officials in Sampson County say they have had to assist in water rescues along US Highway 701.
There are reports of people trapped in homes and cars because of severe flooding in the Sampson County. Officials are warning people to avoid the Newton Grove area, and not to drive in standing water.
“Even after that flood threat expires, we will still be dealing with flooding,” WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood said.
Friday night, heavy showers and thunderstorms moved into Raleigh and other parts of Wake County around 9:30 p.m. It was part of a band of showers that were expected to continue to move through the area into late Friday and early Saturday.
A house was also struck by lightning in Wake County.
Next week we will still have a chance for thunderstorms, and temperatures will be higher — with highs in the 90s.