More Rain For Soggy Havelock

Rain has begun falling in Havelock as the city tries to dry out after Wednesday's flooding.

There is a flood watch for Craven, Carteret and Onslow counties until this evening.

Wednesday Havelock received more than 8 inches of rain during a five hour period.

In fact, in the previous 24 hours Havelock has picked up the equivalent of three months worth of rain.

Some areas have received as much as 10 inches of rain and more showers and storms are possible.

Meteorologist Greg Armbrecht says this afternoon Havelock experienced another round of strong showers, but fortunately rainfall rates were much less than yesterday.

Greg says Havelock should only experience hit and miss showers and storms this afternoon compared to yesterdays steady stream of thunderstorms which was dropping 1-3 inches of rain per hour, over a 4 hour period.

Havelock Police report the flooded streets have returned to normal early Thursday, after many roads turned into rivers Wednesday.

Officers say all of the city's roads are clear, though some apartment complex parking lots are still experiencing some flooding. Officers did not anticipate any problems for people on the roads Thursday morning.

The Public Affairs Office at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point said things were "pretty much back to normal" aboard the base Thursday morning. Most of the water had retreated. That's good news for the base, which has a Change of Command ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

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One city here in the east is drying out after it received inches of rain in the double digits.

Motorists plowed through deep puddles on the roadways in Havelock Wednesday afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms dropped eight to ten inches of rain causing sporadic power outages all over the city.

Crew workers had to deal with drainage problems after Havelock was hit with 2 and half inches of rain within a 45 minute time frame.

Parking lots in the Slocum and Westbrooke Shopping Centers had cars submerged in water giving drivers like Sterling Wilkes some car trouble.

Havelock officials warn drivers to be careful of water on the roadways.

Police say it only takes six inches of water to carry a vehicle away.

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Havelock residents are being told to stay indoors and off the roads as heavy amounts of rain is causing flooding problems.

Authorities say the city has received more than eight inches of rain since 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. In just one 45 minute period Havelock received 2.5 inches of rain.

Craven County is under a flood warning until 9:00 p.m.

The city says there is widespread flooding throughout Havelock, with the heaviest area on Park Lane. Spokeswoman Diane Miller says motorists have become stranded and are causing more blockage of the roadways.

Roads are flooded in the Slocum Shopping Center and Brown Boulevard is closed to traffic. Water is also covering Sheppard Street and there is flooding up to the houses.

There are also sporadic power outages.

At Cherry Point base officials say flooded areas have begun to drain off. But travelers on base are reminded to use common sense should they approach water or other hazards on roadways.

There are currently no major, weather-related road closures on Cherry Point.

Jacksonville has also saw an enormous amount of rain in just a couple hours.

Flooding was the worst at the intersection of Western Boulevard and Brynn Marr Road where many cars and trying to make their way through high water, some cars even stalled.

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