07/24/06 — Summer storm hits fast, some flooding

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Summer storm hits fast, some flooding

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on July 24, 2006 1:51 PM

High winds, flooded streets and an unconfirmed tornado touchdown caused problems for some Wayne and Duplin residents Sunday, officials said.

This latest rain event, which gauges at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base reported brought 1.63 inches of water to Goldsboro on Sunday, is expected to last through Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather service.

Goldsboro Fire Chief Bobby Greenfield said his men, alongside local police, were called to Royall Avenue late Sunday afternoon to help a motorist who was stranded on the flooded road. After roughly 20 minutes on the scene, the situation had diffused, he added.

In Duplin County, there were unofficial reports of a tornado touching down near Beulaville Sunday afternoon. The Farm Service Agency has sent investigators to take pictures of damage to a chicken house that is said to have blown down in the storm.

Despite claims of a tornado and more than eight-tenths of an inch of rainfall registered at the Duplin County Municipal Airport, county Emergency Services Director Craig Forlines and sheriff's office officials said they received no 911 calls.

Airport Manager George Futrelle said the ditches were full of water when he came to work this morning and added there was plenty of rain at his home in Grantham, where the high winds blew some lawn chairs off his carport. He said he has heard the Moss Hill area of N.C. 55 received an inch and a half of rainfall and some parts of Wayne County received up to four inches.