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Severe storms cause flooding, damage across Triangle

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Flooding on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh. Flooding on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Severe thunderstorms caused flooding and damage across the Triangle Tuesday night.

Cars on Avent Ferry Road in southwest Raleigh could be seen with water above their wheel wells.

On Dana Drive in southwest Raleigh, Brookhill Apartment complex resident Jeremiah Reed said the fast moving rains created a scary situation,

“We look outside and it's almost knee deep,” Reed said. “That was pretty scary. We weren't sure if we were going to be able to get our cars out.”

On Capital Boulevard, Capitol Inn and Milner Inn were evacuated due to flood waters. Raleigh police said members of the fire department helped evacuate the inns. Waters caused extensive damage to first floor units at the inns.

"I wasn't expecting it. I really wasn't,” said flood victim Karen Young.

Everyone was out of the building by 10 p.m. and no injuries were reported, authorities said.

Power outages affected thousands following the storms. In Wake County, around 1,600 customers were without power while more than 1,200 customers were in the dark in Durham County at 10 p.m.

“While the severe storms had us worried in the afternoon, it became clear after a while that flooding was going to be the bigger problem,” said WNCN Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein. “Our saturated ground couldn't handle the nearly three inches of rain parts of central North Carolina got in less than three hours.”

Hohenstein said RDU International Airport reported 2.45 inches of rain for the day just before 11 p.m.

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