Apr 24, 2017

Central NC could see most rain since Hurricane Matthew, 3 more inches expected before Tuesday

Raleigh, NC
USA
by
Abbie Bennett and Ron Gallagher
,
The News and Observer

Thousands of people are without power in North Carolina and the Triangle will see another 1 to 2 inches of rain or more before a weather system that is working its way up from the south moves past, the National Weather Service said Monday.

A total of up to 6 inches could collect in parts of central North Carolina, according to the weather service. If the forecast amounts of rain are correct, it could end up being the most rain central North Carolina has seen since Hurricane Matthew.

A total of up to 6 inches could collect in parts of central North Carolina, according to the weather service. If the forecast amounts of rain are correct, it could end up being the most rain central North Carolina has seen since Hurricane Matthew.

The most the area has seen since Matthew was 1.93 inches of rain recorded at RDU January 1-3. The weather service won’t know total rainfall amounts until Tuesday or Wednesday, but it’s likely this event could surpass that.

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Duke Energy reported more than 59,000 North Carolina customers without electricity on Monday.

More than 48,000 of those customers were in Charlotte, which had seen as much as 4 inches of rain by Monday morning.

More than 2,250 customers were without power in Durham near the Northgate Mall Monday morning after downed trees or limbs damaged electrical equipment. Duke estimated that power would be restored by about noon.

Other major outages were reported in the Winston-Salem area and Cabarrus County.