Raleigh, N.C. — Strong storms that brought strong wind and heavy rain to parts of central North Carolina overnight have moved out of the area, making way for sunny skies on the second day of the work week.

The storms Monday night brought much needed rain to the Triangle, but left more than 1,00 people in Wake County without power at their peak. At least 98,000 homes and businesses lost power across North Carolina.

Most of the power outages were concentrated to the western part of the state. Roughly 37,000 customers were in the dark around Hickory early Tuesday morning, according to the Duke Energy power outage map, and the National Weather Service was checking to confirm reports of tornados.

At times, the storms dumped up to 7 inches of rain per hour on parts of North Carolina, but most people around the central part of the state got half an inch to an inch and a half.

The storms were brought on by a cold front, but it will take a few days for temperatures to drop.

The Triangle will stay warm on Tuesday, in the low to mid 70s, under partly cloudy skies, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

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