Andrea, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, came through the Triangle in two intensely dousing waves Friday, leaving a bit of a name for herself by causing flash floods and creating havoc for outdoor event planners.
National Weather Service meteorologists reported that Andrea dumped more than five inches of rain in the Triangle region in the morning and mid-afternoon waves.
Roads in low-lying areas were closed as water pooled across them. Trees were downed, and many events were delayed or cancelled.
Garner largely avoided the flooding, with no reported property damage, flooded roads or traffic interruption. The town did cancel Thursday’s Music off Main featuring Mike MickXer because of rain.
“We don’t typically have too many problems with flooding,” assistant town manager Rodney Dickerson said.
Rain also pushed NCAA baseball Super Regional openers in the Triangle from Friday to Saturday, which forced the deciding game between UNC and South Carolina to be played Monday after the teams split two weekend games.
N.C. State beat Rice Saturday and Sunday to advance to Omaha, but the rain still extended the series. Sunday’s 77-minute rain delay in the 12th inning, unrelated to the Andrea, made a long game longer, and the Wolfpack finally won 5-4 in 17 innings. The game ended seven hours and 32 minutes after the first pitch.
Crabtree Valley Mall closed about 5 p.m. Friday, as nearby Crabtree Creek spilled over its banks, and some lower parking lots were flooded.
Spokeswoman Christy Alphin said no water came into the mall and that everything would be back to normal for the 10 a.m. Saturday opening.
“As quickly as it came, it began to recede,” she said.
Raleigh law enforcement agencies encouraged drivers to move carefully along major traffic arteries, noting flooding in western Raleigh and along Glenwood Avenue, where Brier Creek’s high waters were causing problems.
Flooding also was reported along the Neuse River near Clayton and Smithfield in Johnston County. Water entered basements in the lower-lying area in west Zebulon in the eastern part of Wake County.
Apex High School cancelled its graduation rehearsal at the Raleigh Convention Center because of the inclement weather, leaving the possibility that the 2013 graduating class could take the stage on Thursday with only a quick walk-through before the actual ceremony.
Andrea (pronounced AN’-dree-ah) made landfall Thursday in Florida’s Big Bend with heavy rains, winds of nearly 45 miles per hour and reports of tornadoes.
By Friday, the storm had lost much of its landfall intensity, offering occasional peeks of the sun between deluges.
North Carolina saw wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service meteorologists in Raleigh.
Duke Energy reported scattered power outages in the eastern part of the state, with about 1,000 customers without service in the Raleigh area.