Flooding is now Hanna's biggest threat

Raleigh News & ObserverSeptember 6, 2008 

Tropical Storm Hanna is racing north-northeast through Eastern North Carolina, pushing heavy rain inland to the Triangle and the rest of the Piedmont but sparing the rest of the state of major damage.

The main threat now is flooding. A flash flood warning is in effect for the Triangle until 8:30 a.m. Rainfall at Raleigh-Durham International Airport has totaled 3.33 inches since Friday afternoon, said Scott Sharp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

Some streets in Raleigh have been closed by flooding, including Avent Ferry Road at Trailwood, Hillsborough Street at Chapel Hill Road, and Western Boulevard at Pullen Road, said Capt. A.C. Davis of the Raleigh police. Crabtree Creek was six to eight inches from overflowing in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Six Forks Road at 6:45 a.m., Davis said.

All hurricane watches have been discontinued, but a high wind warning is in effect until 4 p.m. for the Triangle and points east. Wind up to 45 mph is possible this morning in Wake County, the weather service says. The strongest gusts in the Triangle have reached 24 mph, Sharp said.

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