While the worst of the severe weather skipped Columbus County Monday, more rain could be on tap today.
A cold front collided with high pressure over the area Monday afternoon, causing severe lightning, impressive thunder and torrential downpours all across the county. In Whiteville, 1.40 inches of rainfall was reported at Meteorologist Chris Cawley’s weather station on College Street. Similar amounts were reported elsewhere, as well as some brief flooding of lowlying areas in the Bolton, Buckhead, and Delco areas. Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn firefighters were called out after trees knocked out power lines in at least two spots.
Brief periods of hail were reported in Hallsboro, Lake Waccamaw, and Pireway. The National Weather Service reported several cloud to ground lightning strikes, but no damage was reported here. In Duplin County, a store was heavily damaged by lightning, and a home was destroyed by a lightning-sparked fire in Hampstead, according to the NWS.
Additional rain, but fewer severe storms, are expected today. June is lining up to be another above-average month for precipitation, following heavy rains in April and May. Last month saw six inches of recorded precipitation in Whiteville, as opposed to the usual May average of 4.54 inches.
So far, the month of June has seen 1.94 inches of rain. Cawley reported that .08 fell on June 1, .03 for June 2, .41 on June 9, 1.40 Monday, and .02 since midnight today (Tuesday).