September 30th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

Life-threatening flash flooding in Cape Fear, N.C.

This radar image shows remnants of what was Tropical Storm Nicole, combined with another system, hitting North Carolina.

Life-threatening flash flooding is occurring in the Cape Fear region of southeastern North Carolina.

Wilmington, North Carolina, set an all-time 3-day rainfall total today, according to the National Weather Service. With additional rain in the forecast, September 2010 could become the wettest September on record in Wilmington. Records in Wilmington, North Carolina date back to 1871.

The 3-day, all-time record (recorded since Monday) is 19.66 inches. That shatters the old record of 19.06 inches set from September 14 through September 16, 1999, during Hurricane Floyd.

Currently, 20.43 inches of rain have been recorded in Wilmington, North Carolina this month, making it the 2nd wettest September on record in Wilmington. The old record of 23.41 inches set in September of 1999 is in jeopardy.

Here are some selected storm total rainfall in inches for cities in North Carolina from 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sempteber 28 through 9:00 a.m. Thursday, September 30:

Wilmington - 8.51

Grifton  - 6.74

Jacksonville -  6.31

Greenville  - 5.77

New River MCAS - 5.73

NOAA: See other local rainfall totals, storm summaries

soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Autumn Rain

    LA broke its all time high temperature record on Monday at 113F. Now it's Wilmington's turn to reset its own record. Where's next?

    September 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      As this all gets worse and worse each year just keep saying "Don't worry the Tea Party assured me scientists and liberals are making it all up!"

      September 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaKfromPGH

      In the East the latest biblical plague is the brown marmorated stink bug.

      September 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      ....and we've warmed just 1 degree. Expected to warm 10 degrees by the end of the century. We havent seen anything yet.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A

    Just moved from there and now located in Hampton Roads and its pretty wet here too!!! Bust out the jetskis!!!

    September 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Faye

    Don't know where else to put this..but I love to watch Anderson Cooper..

    September 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cameron

    I live in Fayetteville, NC and it was pouring rain yesterday. I was going to drive to the store up the street from my house, but it was so bad outside that I actually turned my car around and went home until it let up. I could barely see in front of me, even with the windshield wipers on full blast.

    September 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jessica

    Im In Jacksonville and this report of 6 in here is's rained over 14in!

    September 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wilmington gal

    its raining cats and dogs here in Wilmington....I have never seen so much rain. My daughters school is completely flooded! love the rain and storms though

    September 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    Lotsa snakes gittin mad round here.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • lorigg


      September 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Y'all still have rattlers there abouts? I haven't been there in 30 years but we had rattlers then. I'd imagine them and other critters trying to get up off the ground which means into houses. Not a good thing!

      September 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. D

    Lotsa snakes gittin mad round here in new bern,nc.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BajaJohn

    Next thing you know, all those people from the Red States will be asking for 'federal emergency funds' to help them with the costs associated with the floods.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cape Fear Kid

      Stupid comment! Check the maps bro, NC went blue last election. Relief from disasters is about providing aid to interrupted lives displaced faces not red or blue...bonehead.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      I'm from Nebraska, the reddest state in the union. We have been paying huge amounts to disaster relief all over this nation and world. Unlike California, Texas and Florida, we actually pay more taxes than we get back so we are a net income producer for your own California. For this reason, I suggest you shut up, welfare boy.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Yep, someone always has to make it about politics!

      September 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Kraznodar, Talk about a load of BS ! California has one of the largest economies on the planet and your trying to say that Nebraska even comes close to its taxable contributions? laughable.

      September 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • stony

      no doubt to compare nebraska to california is a joke. thanks for your contribution though.

      September 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Danni

    We never spoke about what happened, at least not to each other. Fear, I suppose, that to remember his name and what he did would mean letting him into our dreams. And me, I hardly dream about him anymore. Still, things won't ever be the way they were before he came. But that's alright because if you hang onto the past you die a little every day. And for myself, I know I'd rather live.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      Better check your meds.

      September 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |

      HA HA HA, Good one Danni

      September 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Thread post misplacement. A common error on CNN forums.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |

      No, just a quote from a movie.....

      September 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    It's raining now but this weekend will be a great one in Wilmington with Riverfest, Back Door Kitchen Tour, and more. Find it all at

    September 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    Just cleaning out the storm sewers here in NC. Mother nature's way of taking out the trash and cleaning up the streams.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Texas Pete

    This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for all the idiots building houses and such in floodplains.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike b

      Yes we should always build our seaports on higher ground, and then we will have no imported goods or anyway to exports our goods overseas. Which would disrupt the economy, and lead to hardship all over the world, and we would not be able to get any supplies to the people in “tornado alley.”

      September 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Mike wins! Most of the flooded area is not in normal flood plain.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike b

    Hurricane Floyd made the lower part of Brunswick County a virtually island making a 30 miles trip to the Regional Medical Hospital in Wilmington a 113 mile trip. I honestly cannot imagine this being worse the downtown area of Wilmington from the Cotton Exchange east is virtually at the level of the Cape Fear River. So this will effect a lot of people, business and a community college located on the river.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tony

    Soon east coast and west coast will have none living conditions, eroding in california and water covering up north carolina. frost in florida. We are now seeing what global warming does. Midwest will be suitable, but then there will be overcrowding. Hey lets buy mexico. and clean that up like when we went to iraq?? then we can expand america. lol

    September 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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