Rain storms soaking much of North Carolina

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September 26, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
As rain continues to come down across parts of North Carolina, it is creating a possibility of flooding.The National Weather Service said Monday that they are keeping an eye on situation. They say since the ground was extremely dry when the rain started to fall and has now become super saturated, it could lead to flash flooding.

"We're starting to be concerned about how much we're going to get tonight," said Barrett Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "We've been in a bit of a lull this morning, but some of the heavier precipitation is starting to fill back in. If we get another inch, inch and a half, we may be looking at some problems tonight with flash flooding, if we can stay below those amounts, we may be ok."

So far there have been no reports of flooding.

However earlier Monday, slippery roads caused a car loaded with Enloe High School students to end up in a power pole after the driver fish-tailed on the slick road.

Forecasters say it has been more than a month since the last meaningful rainfall, leading to an almost nine inch deficit in rain totals.

Cumberland County was four inches below normal rainfall a week ago, but that has now changed thanks to the blast of rain that began falling in the Sandhills Sunday afternoon.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, there were no reports of major flooding at Cross Creek, but there are spots where the water is getting ready to creep onto land.

The water that eventually feeds into the Cape Fear River normally spills into downtown parks when several inches of rain falls in a short period of time.

But Fayetteville resident Kathleen Cylkowski says the rain is a very welcomed sight for home owners with dry lawns.

"My garden was put in over Easter week and for several weeks it looked nice and then she began to dry," she said.

But the weather is causing concerns at the RDU airport.

The rain has delayed a number of flights, both in-bound and out-bound due to rain that stretches from Atlanta up through the Triangle and even up into the northeast.

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