High winds bring down trees before sun returns
Posted February 15
Updated February 16
Raleigh, N.C. — The heavy rain and gusty winds that ushered in the day on Tuesday also knocked out power to thousands as they readied for work and school.
At daybreak, more than 3,400 Duke-Progress customers were without power in Durham. Another 1,000 were in the dark in Raleigh.
Just after 6 a.m., the power of the storms hit home for Rosemary Czejkowski.
"We were getting ready for our school day, and I noticed the rain was really heavy, and I looked outside and the rain was really picking up then the next thing I know, I heard this sucking sound like coming through the front door," she said.
Czejkowski herded her family into an interior hall ahead of a loud crash. A tree fell right on their shed. Her neighbors along Raleigh's Ashley Ridge Drive also saw property damage, but no one was hurt.
By mid-morning, the rain had moved out, the lights were back on and warmer, clearer weather was apparent.
"By this afternoon all this mess will be gone, and we should see enough sunshine to push us up to at least 60 degrees in many locations," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
Temperatures in the 50s and low 60s contrast sharply against the frigid recent conditions and promise a more spring-like feel for the rest of the work week. The forecast calls for mostly clear skies with daytime highs in the 50s through Friday, with even warmer weather on the way for the weekend.