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Spring Storm Sparks Fires, Flooding And Fender Benders

Posted June 1, 2001

— Ominous clouds, thunder, heavy rain and lighting strikes swept across Wake County Friday afternoon.

Progress Energy, formerly known as CP&L, says power has been restored to all customers in Raleigh, Cary and Garner.

Despite an impressive Doppler radar display, damage was relatively minor.

A fire in Apex may have been caused by a lightning strike. A new house on Fairfax Woods Street suffered heavy damage. The house was sold, but no one was living in it. Lightning in the area was so bad, firefighters had to lower the ladder to fight the fire.

In Cary, tree fell from one yard to another crushing a fence near Maynard and Kildare Farm Roads. Earlier in the day, Doppler radar indicated circulation in that area, though no tornadoes were spotted on the ground.

Heavy rain caused minor street flooding throughout Raleigh, including Glenwood Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road.

Marsh Creek at Capital Boulevard caused some minor flooding, and as the runoff continues, area creeks will continue to rise.

Several accidents were also blamed on the heavy rain. The most serious occured at the intersection of Honeycutt and Falls of Neuse Roads, where one vehicle reportedly landed on top of another.

The State Highway Patrol and dispatchers for Wake, Durham and Orange County says accidents are widespread, but for the most part, minor.

Heavy rain was reported in Cumberland and Harnett Counties. A 50-foot tree split in half, damaging a Fayetteville family's home and car.


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