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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Raleigh

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Raleigh, NC. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Raleigh's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Raleigh. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Raleigh, NC. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Raleigh,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Raleigh, NC, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Raleigh, NC.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Live Radar | Thunderstorms bring rain, lightning across central NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Storms bringing thunder and lightning swept across central North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.The fast-moving storm systems are playing havoc with college football games. NC State's home game against No. 10 Notre Dame was placed in a weather delay very early in the second quarter because of lightning in the area.Farther west in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest's home game against Vanderbilt was delayed for about two hours before the teams could kick off.A developing upper-level trough currently shifti...

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Storms bringing thunder and lightning swept across central North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.

The fast-moving storm systems are playing havoc with college football games. NC State's home game against No. 10 Notre Dame was placed in a weather delay very early in the second quarter because of lightning in the area.

Farther west in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest's home game against Vanderbilt was delayed for about two hours before the teams could kick off.

A developing upper-level trough currently shifting from the Midwest into Ohio Valley will dig southward and begin to slow down over the Tennessee Valley today. This will increase tropical moisture from the south causing more clouds and cooler temperatures but also more numerous showers and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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Earlier Saturday, thunderstorms brought lightning and hail to Durham. The threat of severe weather stretched from the Triad to the Triangle.

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All those heading out to afternoon and evening college football games may need to bring a rain jacket. The upper trough will slowly shift toward the Appalachians on Sunday and then weaken and slowly shift across the region Sunday night and early Monday. This will cause a ramp-up of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday, especially in the afternoon and evening then drier air aloft will arrive on Monday so chances of a pop-up thunderstorm will lower to just a mention.

On Tuesday another developing upper trough over the Midwest will cause a weak cool front to cross the Tennessee Valley causing a hot and humid southwest flow to take over with some sunshine and high temperatures reaching back into the 90s. Once again we will mention pop-up afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

On Wednesday the upper trough will cross the Ohio Valley and the front will move in from the west with more clouds and some showers and thunderstorms. The front will shift east on Thursday and Friday and stall as Lee tracks to the north off of the mid-Atlantic coast. It will be drier but this all depends on Lee.

Hurricane Lee is in a favorable environment to maintain strength over at least the next few days. Lee's current forecast path could bring some rain and gusty winds to the northernmost Leeward Islands this weekend, although the core of the strongest wind and heaviest rain is expected to remain to the north of the islands.

In the longer range, later next week, it is possible Lee can bring impacts to areas from Bermuda through the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States to Atlantic Canada. Interests along the East coast of the U.S. anywhere north of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and up into Atlantic Canada should be monitoring the progression of this storm very closely and putting a preparation plan in place.

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Missing in NC: RTI hosting event to help families find missing loved ones

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (WTVD) -- They've gone missing in North Carolina. Statewide, investigators are trying to find hundreds of people who vanished -- who have families desperately looking for answers.A special first-of-its-kind event on Friday in Research Triangle Park is aimed at connecting loved ones of the missing with the resources that can help.At any given moment, 100,000 people may be reported missing in the United States. DNA matching technology is dramatically improving investigations. But many families of the ...

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (WTVD) -- They've gone missing in North Carolina. Statewide, investigators are trying to find hundreds of people who vanished -- who have families desperately looking for answers.

A special first-of-its-kind event on Friday in Research Triangle Park is aimed at connecting loved ones of the missing with the resources that can help.

At any given moment, 100,000 people may be reported missing in the United States. DNA matching technology is dramatically improving investigations. But many families of the missing are still waiting for answers.

On Friday, for the first time, RTI International -- one of the world's premier research organizations -- teams with the State Bureau of Investigation, seven other state and local law enforcement agencies along with NamUS -- the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System -- for the inaugural Missing Persons Day.

Families of the missing are invited to RTI headquarters in RTP to sit down with law enforcement, forensic professionals, and experts in the field to beef up the NamUS database filled with thousands of missing and unidentified person cases.

It's an "extremely rare" opportunity for loved ones of missing people to have all of these resources all in one place at one time, said Donia Slack, RTIs organizer of the event. She's a forensic expert by trade and manages RTI's account with the Department of Justice and NamUS.

"(People who come) will be able to update case information; they'll be able to make a case report if they haven't done so already; provide biometrics, DNA, photos, X-rays, anything that will help get information into these cases," Slack said.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nathan Thompson directs the SBI's cold case unit. He'll be on hand Friday.

"The event gives us the chance to educate the people on the process," Thompson told ABC11.

There are more than 570 missing persons cases in North Carolina. Ninety percent have been missing for at least five years. And half of the cases are ethnic minorities, who account for much less of the population.

Thompson said getting more families of color to submit DNA to genealogy websites GED Match and Family Tree DNA would help tremendously.

"I've told missing people's families before, the best thing you can do is submit your DNA to these databases," Thompson said. "The African American community and the Latin American community are hugely, hugely underrepresented when it comes to the genealogy databases."

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at RTI's campus in RTP. Its address is 3040 E Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park.

"We would love to have this yearly," Slack said. "As long as people come and find this of value we will continue to support these types of efforts."

It's not too late to register. (Click here) to sign up to attend.

Gov. Roy Cooper will proclaim Friday as North Carolina Missing Persons Awareness Day in support of the event.

Why are so many schools closing because of heat? What’s behind all the AC problems?

A major heat wave in central North Carolina closed in on the Triangle this week. Combine that with widespread HVAC issues across Wake County schools, and that leaves students, parents and staff left to fac...

A major heat wave in central North Carolina closed in on the Triangle this week. Combine that with widespread HVAC issues across Wake County schools, and that leaves students, parents and staff left to face early dismissals and closures.

In all, nine schools in the Wake County system have operated on an adjusted schedule this week because of HVAC systems requiring repairs, spokeswoman Sara Clark told The News & Observer. The school year for traditional calendar students began on Aug. 28, just 11 days ago.

The Triangle experienced a high of 100 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday — for the second day in a row, — with a heat index of 100 to 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Several schools on Wednesday and Thursday released students early due to air conditioning systems not working properly. Apex Friendship High School was closed for the second day in a row on Friday. Millbrook High and Wake Forest Elementary were also closed on Friday.

Two schools have already missed full days this school year and will be able to use banked days to account for the time missed, according to Clark.

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School administrators have blamed maintenance staffing vacancies and HVAC parts shortages for conditions that have affected schools.

A staffing shortage is a factor — WCPSS is experiencing a “high number” of vacancies in HVAC and chiller technician positions, and has contracted outside vendors in the meantime, Clark said.

“Some of these (HVAC) repairs involved the ordering and replacing of parts,” Clark said. “Some parts require a longer lead time for ordering which can delay repairs.”

Half of the 5,800 emergency work orders received in the past 12 months by the maintenance and operations department at WCPSS were for HVAC concerns, The N&O previously reported. There are an additional 2,300 “urgent” work orders that were also sent to the HVAC shop.

Since August, the concern has been shared with school board members by administrators.

Nate Slavik, who is the senior director of maintenance and operations for Wake schools, expected the issue to result in early releases when traditional calendar school classes started.

There’s a 40% vacancy rate in the shop, which means there are seven open HVAC technician positions, including one for the lone chiller technician who retired after more than 30 years of service.

“Seven vacant positions is huge when, particularly this time of year in the last couple of three weeks, the phone calls, the texts, the emails are coming left and right for problems with HVAC work,” Slavik told school board members.

Teachers at more than 50 Wake County schools complained last month about malfunctioning air conditioning units. The issue caused some schools to close early this summer because of extreme heat, The N&O previously reported.

Wake County teachers on a private Facebook group have compiled a list of HVAC complaints at more than 25% of the district’s 198 schools.

An additional factor is the historic triple-digit heat.

The U.S. is experiencing a record heat wave at the same time schools are starting back up across the country.

The Triangle isn’t alone — hot weather has resulted in trouble for school districts nationwide.

During the first week of September, schools in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts had schools close or dismiss students early because of the heat, CBS News reported.

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The air temperature recorded Thursday at RDU by climatologists reached 100 degrees for the second consecutive day.

Wednesday registered a high of 102, making it the hottest day of the year in the region.

This is the first time on record that RDU has reached at least 100 degrees multiple times in a single September, state climatologist Corey Davis told The News & Observer in an email.

The Thursday heat index of 105 degrees in North Carolina also set a new record for the month of September, with a high of 100 degrees, according to the State Climate Office of North Carolina.

A record-breaking heat index (an indication of how hot it feels outside due to high humidity) of 115 degrees was recorded in Raleigh last month.

High heat indices make outdoor sports activities at schools dangerous.

“Certainly having temperatures this hot this late in the year is concerning for anyone who has to be outdoors, such as high school and college sports teams having outdoor practice sessions,” Davis said.

There has been at least one school each day in Wake County to close or dismiss early due to air conditioning issues since traditional classes started on Aug. 28.

While Wake schools are the ones primarily being affected, at least one school in both Orange County and Johnston County released students early for the same reasons.

On Friday, Apex Friendship was closed for the second straight day.

On Thursday, the following high schools released students early:

? Millbrook High School in Raleigh.

? Apex Friendship High School.

? Knightdale High School.

? South Garner High School.

? Willow Spring High School closed for the day.

The following elementary schools also released students early or closed this week:

? Wake Forest Elementary School.

? Wake Forest Charter Academy, which is a charter school outside of WCPSS.

? Central Elementary School in Hillsborough released students early on Wednesday.

? Spring Creek Elementary School in Wayne County closed on Wednesday due to HVAC issues.

As of 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Apex Friendship High School was closed for the second day in a row. Millbrook High and Wake Forest Elementary were also closed for the day.

This story was originally published September 8, 2023, 5:00 AM.

NC State football falls to Notre Dame. Three takeaways from the Wolfpack’s 45-24 loss

N.C. State fell to No. 10 Notre Dame, 45-24, at Carter-Finley Stadium in its 2023 home opener at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday.The Wolfpack (1-1) wanted to show improvement from its win at UConn...

N.C. State fell to No. 10 Notre Dame, 45-24, at Carter-Finley Stadium in its 2023 home opener at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday.

The Wolfpack (1-1) wanted to show improvement from its win at UConn. It did in some areas, notably some positive strides on defense. It didn’t make enough progress, though, and the Irish (3-0) showed that its 98-6 win differential over Tennessee State and Navy weren’t flukes.

There were times when Notre Dame struggled against the Pack defense, but everyone clearly saw who was the better team on Saturday.

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N.C. State’s defense took steps forward this week, but it also showed ongoing struggles.

It brought more energy and aggression to the field, notably on early rushing attempts, which it lacked at times against UConn in Week 1.

That energy allowed the Pack to force punts on Notre Dame’s first two drives. The third drive showed some of the remaining inconsistency in coverage. N.C. State gave up 50 yards on it, but the Irish were limited to a 54-yard field goal after the Pack’s coverage led to an offensive penalty.

The defense forced and recovered a fumble late in the third quarter, putting the offense deep in Notre Dame territory. It added four sacks, as well.

Unfortunately, State’s performance featured several big breakdowns. The first explosive play came immediately after the weather delay, when Notre Dame’s Audric Estime ran for an 80-yard touchdown. This is the second week in a row that the team has given up a one-play score of at least 70 yards.

In the second quarter alone, Notre Dame recorded two passing plays of 45 yards or more. Linebacker Payton Wilson, however, received credit for the tackles to end those potential scoring plays.

Overall, it was a bizarre afternoon for the Pack, which showed a high ceiling but also revealed a low floor.

With all the hype around quarterback Brennan Armstrong and what he’d done under offensive coordinator Robert Anae when they were at Virginia in 2021, a lot of people expected things to be better than they were on Saturday.

At times, it felt downright painful. Armstrong threw three interceptions in the contest, two came on consecutive drives. His completion rate was a whopping 47%, though it dropped as low as 39% in the fourth. He completed just 22-of-47 passes against Notre Dame.

Only one receiver was credited with a drop, but multiple passes probably could’ve been ruled as drops depending on the official scorer. Regardless, if someone views them as drops or pass breakups, they weren’t completed passes.

The Wolfpack finished with 344 total yards and 20 first downs, compared to Notre Dame’s 456 yards and 16 first downs.

And, when it had some of the easy opportunities created by the defense, Armstrong and Co. didn’t make use of the opportunities it had.

Most of N.C. State’s drives ended with a punt or a turnover. Those that didn’t? Well, the home team should probably send Notre Dame a thank you card for 10 of its points, which contributed four first downs.

Wide receiver Bradley Rozner grabbed a 9-yard reception at 1:16 in the second quarter, scoring the Pack’s first touchdown of the game. That 62-yard drive included three penalties – all for first downs – from the visitors.

Then, N.C. State added a 49-yard field goal from kicker Brayden Narveson in the third. That drive also included a first down penalty by the Irish.

The Pack’s final touchdown drive also included a Notre Dame penalty, but it was declined and State can take full credit for that one.

Without those freebies – and based on how State’s offense played – the score differential would’ve been a lot wider.

This story was originally published September 9, 2023, 11:44 AM.

No. 10 Notre Dame beats NC State 45-24 for 29th straight regular-season win against ACC teams

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- N.C. State lost 24-45 to No.10 Notre Dame Saturday after weather delayed the game by almost two hours.Audric Estime ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play after an extended weather delay and Sam Hartman threw for four scores to help No. 10 Notre Dame beat North Carolina State 45-24 on Saturday.Estime ran for 134 yards and two scores, including a 7-yard run through traffic with 10:42 left that put the Fighting Irish (3-0) in firm control. Notre Dame has now won 29 straight regular-season matchups ...

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- N.C. State lost 24-45 to No.10 Notre Dame Saturday after weather delayed the game by almost two hours.

Audric Estime ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play after an extended weather delay and Sam Hartman threw for four scores to help No. 10 Notre Dame beat North Carolina State 45-24 on Saturday.

Estime ran for 134 yards and two scores, including a 7-yard run through traffic with 10:42 left that put the Fighting Irish (3-0) in firm control. Notre Dame has now won 29 straight regular-season matchups against Atlantic Coast Conference teams in its scheduling partnership with the conference as a football independent but a member in all other league sports.

For Hartman, the sixth-year passer who transferred from Wake Forest, it was a familiar foe, too. The Demon Deacons were every-year in-state opponents for the Wolfpack in the ACC's former divisional format, and Hartman was 0-2 in Raleigh - including last November while taking four sacks.

This time, Hartman's team played from in front the entire way, and he threw for three scores after halftime as the Fighting Irish finally began to pull away. The last was a 35-yard score to tight end Holden Staes with 4:35 left that pushed the margin to 45-17.

Staes also had a 40-yard scoring catch in the third quarter, finishing with 115 yards on four catches.

Brennan Armstrong ran for a score and threw for two more for N.C. State (1-1), but he threw three interceptions and the Wolfpack got no rushing production beyond 26 yards. His 9-yard pass to Bradley Rozner with 1:16 left before halftime marked the first touchdown Notre Dame had given up this year after allowing just a field goal in romps against Navy and Tennessee State.

The game included a 1-hour, 45-minute weather and lightning delay with Notre Dame leading 3-0 at the 14:45 mark of the second quarter.

NC State asked fans to exit the stadium and return to their vehicles until the all-clear is given. The game resumed after about a 90-minute delay. But when the teams returned, Estime burst through a big hole on the right side and pulled away from defenders for the 80-yard score that was a quick jolt of energy for the Irish after the long wait to return.

Wild speculation on social media that a lightning strike knocked out Carter-Finley Stadium's massive new video board, were unfounded.

The scoreboard remained black during the weather delay but fired back up as the resumption of the game approached.

The Fighting Irish led 3-0 with 14:45 left in the quarter when officials informed fans that the game would be suspended.

Heavy storms hit the Raleigh area in the morning, and ominous clouds lingered about two hours before kickoff. Those appeared to break in the first quarter before returning and leading to the game's pause shortly before 1 p.m.

The last time Notre Dame visited Raleigh was in 2016 when the game was played in monsoon conditions in the remnants of Hurricane Matthew. In a game that featured 10 fumbles, the Wolfpack won 10-3 with the only touchdown coming on a blocked punt return.

Farther west in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest's home game against Vanderbilt was delayed for more than two hours from the scheduled 11 a.m. kickoff.

Other ACC teams were also affected, Virginia Tech's home game against Purdue was delayed and Georgia Tech's home game vs. South Carolina State has yet to get underway.

The Associated Press contributed.

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