LUMBERTON — Although there was plenty of rain, Robeson County escaped any significant damage Monday as storms that caused havoc south of here passed through the region.
Both the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department and Lumberton Police Department this morning reported no storm-related damage. Dave Loewenthal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said that Robeson County received a “decent amount of rainfall” during the past 24 hours.
“Some parts of the county received over an inch and a half of rainfall, with .83 of an inch being reported in Lumberton,” he said. “Between an inch and an inch and a half fell between Lumberton and Pembroke.”
To the south, in Horry County, S.C., Monday afternoon’s sporadic storms resulted in tornado warnings, downed trees, flooded roadways, and left some residents without power. No tornadoes were confirmed as of Monday night, but according to the National Weather Service, quarter-sized hail was reported.
Loewenthal said that the National Weather Service is sending a survey team into Horry County today to access the damage and determine if any tornadoes had touched down.
“We had sightings of tornadoes on radar, but we can’t really tell if they caused any damage until we get in there to see,” he said.
Robeson County can expect more bad weather today, with some thunderstorms developing along the coast about noon and moving into the county later in the day, according to Loewenthal said. He said the county could see storms around 4 or 5 p.m., and that they could be severe.
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