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Heavy storms knock down trees, damage homes in Knightdale

Posted July 20, 2016

— Residents in Knightdale were stuck cleaning up their neighborhood after heavy storms rolled through Tuesday, damaging some homes and vehicles.

Residents spent Wednesday morning chopping up trees and cleaning out debris from their yards. Crews from Duke Energy and plumbing companies were working to restore utilities, as well.

One large tree fell on top of an SUV in a driveway, and wind took siding off homes in the area.

The manager for the Acres of Space mobile home park said Wednesday that four cars on the property were totaled and a fifth car was damaged. A house at the front of the park had extensive damage due to a fallen tree, but most homes remained undamaged.

Rachel Jackson was pulling into the park when a limb fell on her car and barely escaped when another tree fell as she parked in her driveway.

"It felt like I was in the car for five minutes and they said it was closer to like ten seconds," Jackson said. "Everything just slowed down. It was like one after the other; first the glass on the passenger side and then the glass in the top and then the thunk. It probably happened very quickly."

No injuries were reported. Knightdale has crews out searching for similar damage in other neighborhoods.

The risk for severe storms is contained to counties south and east of the Triangle. Damaging winds and heavy rain is still possible in those areas.

Most towns around the Triangle will remain dry, though some storms could develop around Wake County in the afternoon. Any storms that do pop up, though, will be traveling southeast away from Raleigh.


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