Rain Finally Reaches Drought-Stricken NC, Brings Funnel Clouds

The rain finally fell across North Carolina -- with a vengeance.

Storms pounded virtually the entire state yesterday and overnight, bringing record rainfall in the west and reports of funnel clouds from the Triad to the Triangle and beyond. The ferocious weather came as remnants of Hurricane Humberto collided with a cold front.

Only one death was immediately reported due to a single-car accident in Surry County on a slippery road. Residents were being evacuated from a nursing home near Raleigh last night because of damage caused by a tree that fell onto the building.

Forecasters agreed that the rain was welcome, but said many more inches are needed to put a dent in the drought that has gripped the entire state.