Heavy rain could cause flooding

By Kevin Spradlin

March 15, 2014

After Saturday’s sun and high of 72 degrees, the latest forecast from National Weather Service indicates rain Sunday through at least Wednesday — some of it heavy, which could cause minor flooding in Richmond County.

The NWS has issued a Hazard Weather Outlook for central North Carolina, including Richmond County.

“Widespread rain will develop Sunday with rain likely to continue into the early part of next week,” according to the forecast. “Rainfall totals to around 1.5 inches may be sufficient to produce some minor flooding of main stem rivers.

The outlook indicates that “some details regarding the evolution of this system remain uncertain. Residents of central North Carolina are urged to pay close attention to the forecast as the weekend progresses.”

Kathleen Carroll, a meteorgolist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said the rain will start at or shortly after sunrise — expected at about 7:28 a.m. — and peak rainfall will be “during early to late (Sunday) afternoon and then into the evening hours.”

There is a 60 percent chance of additional rain on Monday and Tuesday. The temperatures will cool from Saturday’s pleasant 72 degrees. Sunday’s expected high is 55, Monday 44 and Tuesday 46.

The current forecast shows the system “clearing out, potentially, Wednesday night,” Carroll said, but “that’s day four or five, so that may change.”