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Via: WRAL

Tropical Storm Ida may bring heavy flooding to the area over the next two days. Wednesday already brought the 3rd wettest day since 1944.

Raleigh, N.C. — Drenching rains across central North Carolina continue Thursday. The heavy downfall potential prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning along the Neuse River through Saturday evening.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Ida blended with an area of low pressure off the coast, brought several inches of rain to the state Wednesday. The forecast called for several more inches on Thursday and early Friday.

“The rain could be steadier and heavier as we head through Thursday,” WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. “The high will reach the upper 40s to mid 50s.”

Raleigh reported 3.67 inches of rain between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 9 p.m. Wednesday. Chapel Hill reported 3.53 inches during the same period, while Fayetteville saw 3.96 inches.

Wednesday was the third-wettest day recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport since 1944, according to WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.