I was eating lunch downtown at Mint with Joe and Anli when the heavy rains rolled in last Friday. We tried to wait it out, but it didn’t follow the usual pattern of a brief summer storm. After about an hour, it was still a decent shower, but Anli and I decided walk the six blocks or so to where we needed to be. Not sure what happened to Joe.
We were pretty soaked from the rain when we encountered a section of Franklin Street that was completely under a foot or so of water. After wading halfway, a whirlpool developed over the partially blocked drain.
I shot this video and later uploaded it to WRAL, where it was featured several times on the evening news.