Threat of Labor Day thunderstorms


The severe thunderstorms that rolled through Sunday evening dropped over an inch of rain across most of the Triangle, with some areas receiving more than 3 inches, and triggered flash flooding along some roads and knocking out power to hundreds of homes.

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The high water in areas like Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road left some stranded in stalled cars.

Along Old Wake Forest Road, firefighters had to pull a few people from their vehicles.

"We parked over here on the side and I tried to stop cars from coming through, but that Acura down there saw us come through, and they tried to speed on through. And once they did, they stalled out right there in the middle," explained witness Andre Burwell.

"We kept trying to tell cars, blowing horns, don't go, but they kept going," said Shalita Burwell.

There were no injuries, but the same kind of scenario played out near Crabtree Valley Mall and surrounding areas.

The rain also kept police officers busy blocking off roadways in dangerous conditions.

At one point, Duke Energy Progress reported more than 10,000 homes without power.

Unfortunately, ABC11 Meteorologist Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker says more thunderstorms are expected as a cold front approaches the region.

"There will be stretches of dry weather and intervals of sunshine, but keep an eye to the sky as you are out and about today for a pop-up thunderstorms," he said. "Storms today and tonight may contain heavy downpours and gusty winds. Though not a widespread imminent threat, we do have to be mindful of the potential for isolated flash flooding as thunderstorms feed on the humid, tropical air mass currently over the state."

A front will ease into the area Tuesday when we will still be warm and humid with a shower or thunderstorm in spots.

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