Tropical Storm Andrea leaves her mark on Central NC - WRBL

Tropical Storm Andrea leaves her mark on Central NC

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Manchester Street in Wilson is among several area of the Triangle experiencing flooding. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN) Manchester Street in Wilson is among several area of the Triangle experiencing flooding. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN)
Manchester Street in Wilson is among several area of the Triangle experiencing flooding. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN) Manchester Street in Wilson is among several area of the Triangle experiencing flooding. (Steve Sbraccia, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

While a flash flood warning for 20 counties in North Carolina has been lifted, the damage done by Tropical Storm Andrea is now coming to light.

Twenty counties in North Carolina were under a flash flood warning through 6 p.m. Friday, and as a result the creeks, rivers and lakes poured into area parks and roads.

In Wilson, Recreation Park on Raleigh Road and Ripley Road was left with knee-high water. And in Raleigh, flooding of Crabtree Creek forced the Crabtree Valley Mall to close early and Little Brier Creek submerged cars on Lumley Road.

For graduating seniors, Apex High School canceled its graduation rehearsals. And sports fans have to wait another day for UNC and N.C. State's Super Regional match-ups.

In Durham County, Angelica Greene, who was throwing a graduation party for her 17-year-old, said she bought her lakefront property five years ago, and said she knew exactly what she was getting into.

"I'm really not worried, it's all God's will," Greene said. "If for some reason we do get flooded out, we have plenty of family to go in and hang out with."

North Carolina's Floodplain Mapping Information System shows spots where flooding could be a problem, and Greene lives at the edge of one.

Over at Nana's Restaurant in another part of Durham, they're no strangers to severe flooding.

"It flooded our office and one flood was up to my knee, the next one was up to my waist. We had cars in the back that got flooded out. It disrupted business" said Thomas Davidson, a manager.

After dealing with it for years, they finally called the City of Durham, to clear out the pipe that was clogging the culvert.

But it's not just areas near culverts and lakes that are prone to flooding. For instance in areas like downtown Durham, urban flooding is a concern for authorities because while there might not be any creeks or rivers nearby, some areas have poor drainage systems which could be just as bad. 

At 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center in Miami said  the storm's low-level center is losing definition but remains a threat to the East Coast.

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