Although close to 2 inches of rain reportedly fell Tuesday in some areas of the region, Bladen County all but dodged a bullet as a line of thunderstorms passed through the Sandhills late in the afternoon and again a few hours later.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Bladen County from about 5 to 5:45 p.m., then issued a flood warning from about 9:30 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Later in the evening, a powerful thunderstorm raced across the region, bringing with it heavy rains and winds estimated at about 60 mph — but most of Bladen County side-stepped the brunt of the storm. As of early Wednesday, there were no reports of power outages or damage associated with the storms.
Robeson County wasn’t as fortunate, however, as the late thunderstorm took a heavy toll on trees and power lines. Although Wednesday dawned clear and calm, the remnants of the previous night’s storm could be found throughout Lumberton and beyond.
The weather forecast for Wednesday is for mostly sunny with a high of 92 and a chance for a thunderstorm late in the day in some areas.