Storms sweep NC

BY SUSAN KIM | PANTEGO, N.C. | October 12, 2002

After rain from Tropical Storm Kyle never materialized, a new set of storms swept through North Carolina Friday and Saturday, bringing at least one tornado and flash flood warnings.

A tornado touched down in Pantego in eastern North Carolina Friday, damaging two dozen homes, according to Daden Wolfe, Beaufort County emergency management coordinator. Four homes were also destroyed near Kenly, 30 miles east of Raleigh.

High winds also downed power lines and trees.

Areas of eastern North Carolina reported four inches of rain. Low-lying streets in Durham and Raleigh were temporarily flooded.

Residents were still on the lookout for flash flooding Saturday. Forecasters posted a flood warning for the Neuse River at Clayton and Smithfield in Johnston County. The river was expected to crest one foot over flood stage.

Unfortunately, the rain won't quell North Carolina's deep drought, said forecasters, because water fell so quickly it simply ran off instead of being absorbed into the ground.

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