Recent adverse weather in the state has led to storm damage, minor flooding and downed trees — including the toppling of big trees here in Richmond County on Tuesday.
And while it seems like it has been hotter than usual and that we’ve had record amounts of rain, weather officials say the 80 and 90 degree days are pretty normal, and rainfall totals are typical for July in North Carolina.
Photographs were sent to the Daily Journal from Old Cheraw Highway in Rockingham, from the Williams residence. Old trees came down around 846 and 849 Old Cheraw Highway.
“The trees and limbs just barely missed both houses and the power lines,” said Holly Hoopaugh, daughter of Dana and Jimmy Williams. The trees came down on the Williams’ property. “There wasn’t any other damage, just a big mess.”
According to Hoopaugh, her parents saw and heard the old trees falling around their property during the storm.
“I have heard a few reports of minor damage,” said Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr. “We’ve had no outage reports or downed power lines. Last time we had downed power lines we had no warning, just strong winds. Seems like these last two weeks Richmond County has received a lot of rain and inclement weather.”
There have been no reports of persons injured in these storms.
According to the U.S. Forest Service office in Marston, this rainfall is a typical amount.
“We’ve had 4.27 inches of rain this month, to date,” said Forester Scott Comer. “I would say that’s about average for July. It doesn’t take long to get four to five inches.”
Comer said as far as droughts go, “we’re in pretty good shape right now.”
The U.S. Forest Service monitors rainfall at its station, and at Drowning Creek.
“Drowning Creek got 6 inches this month, so it got even more than we did,” said Comer.
Comer was unable to find the rainfall totals from last July.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.