A woman had to be rescued from her car in a flooded parking lot this afternoon in Morehead City.
Heavy downpours caused multiple problems for drivers, police and rescue workers. Traffic on U.S. 70 in both directions near McCabe Road was affected by the high water.
Several feet of water was standing in part of the parking lot for Walmart, Staples and Lowe's. Authorities said the woman was fine after being rescued from her flooded car.
Police were busy keeping other vehicles out of the area.
The passing line of storms brought quick heavy rain to Morehead City and adjacent areas. Between one and three inches of rain fell in some locations. The showers diminished after 3 pm. A flood advisory issued earlier for the area was discontinued at 3:30 pm.
The highway median along U.S. 70 quickly turned into a water hazard, with one vehicle becoming partially submerged. The westbound lanes of the highway were closed for about 20 minutes.
The rain was so heavy that traffic along U.S. 70 nearly came to a standstill.
Lightning struck a transformer near the Morehead City Fire Department, leaving the new fire station without power.