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Morning Storm Knocks Out Power in Raleigh, Cary

Posted July 15, 2000

— Sunday afternoon's sunshine and blue skies didn't show a trace of the storms that rolled through the Triangle earlier in the day. But lightning knocked out power to 16,000 customers in Cary and Raleigh.

Signs of Sunday morning's storms were evident along Raleigh's Western Boulevard. Police directed traffic at intersections where traffic lights lost power.

Some restaurants couldn't open -- no electricity. And customers couldn't pump gas at some convenience stores.

"I just heard a real loud clap of thunder very close, and then the electricity went off immediately," Dorothy Johnson said.

Johnson was among thousands of people who were left in the dark. Her power went out around 10:45 a.m, while she was cooking her Sunday dinner.

"I got the roast partially cooked, and just took it and put it in the refrigerator," she said.

Johnson passed the time on the front porch with her sister Barbara, who brought her sewing kit outside.

But not everything could be done by daylight alone.

"And I needed either the glue gun or the staple gun, and neither would work," Barbara Johnson said. "And I had no light to see so I'm sewing on the porch because I can't see in the house."

CP&L plans to finish making a permanent repair today.

Most of the customers who were affected got their power back in less than three hours.

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