Published: 2016-04-28 12:52:00
Updated: 2016-04-29 08:40:00
Posted April 28, 2016
Updated April 29, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — A storm system that brought severe weather to the plains this week moved into the Triangle Thursday, prompting severe thunderstorm watches and warnings to be issued in several counties.
The system, which weakened significantly as it approached North Carolina, brought severe storms with hail and strong winds to the Triangle Thursday evening.
Severe thunderstorm watches were issued in dozens of counties throughout the afternoon, including Wake, Durham, Johnston and Orange.
WRAL meteorologist Maze said the storms have the potential for quarter-sized hail and winds up to 60 mph and several reports of pea-sized hail came from Apex and Cary at about 5:30 p.m.. Maze recommended that people with car ports or garages move their cars into the sheltered areas to avoid damage from hail.
"The potential with some of these thunderstorms this evening could be large hail the size of golf balls," Maze said.
Maze said that the heavy rain could create an issue of ponding on roads during the evening commute.
The strong winds led to downed trees in some areas and reports of power outages. Duke Energy said that about 5,583 power outages had been reported in Wake County at 9:30 p.m.
The fast-moving storm caused a multi-car wreck on N.C. Highway 54 in Orange County on Thursday. Emergency crews told WRAL News that quarter-sized hail and heavy fog caused four drivers to lose control of their cars, which forced one vehicle into a ditch.
In Cary, near the intersection of Kildaire Farm and Cary Parkway, trees buckled under the weight of the wind, crashing into cars along the roadway.
Authorities said that a fire broke out at a home on Okamato Street in Garner after a home was struck by lightning.
Maze said dryer air will move through the area Friday with clouds parting the area around lunchtime. Friday's forecast high is 81 degrees, while Saturday temperatures will drop about 10 degrees cooler.
"By Sunday we expect some showers and thunderstorms and an unsettled period Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday," he said.