North Carolina Rains Bring Vehicle Rescues, Flooding Worries

Storms have dumped up to 8 inches of rain on North Carolina’s capital, prompting firefighters to rescue people from their vehicles and delaying school bus schedules.

Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh was not opening on schedule Tuesday because of heavy rains, although some stores and restaurants planned to open later in the day.

Flash flood watches posted by the National Weather Service have expired except in Raleigh, where storms have dumped up to 8 inches of rain since Sunday.

Flood warnings were posted for rivers in 33 eastern counties. A high surf advisory is in effect on the Outer Banks.

Schools in Durham and Raleigh said some buses would be late because of the weather.

About 2,700 customers remained without electricity late Tuesday morning.