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Thunderstorms Pound Wake County

Posted July 17, 2007
Updated July 18, 2007

— Severe thunderstorms pounded Wake County, causing fires, traffic accidents and power outages Tuesday night.

The storms brought torrential rain, lightning and even some reports of hail.

Progress Energy reported that it had 2,500 customers without electricity in the early hours of Wednesday. Duke Energy said that it had experienced no significant outages in the Triangle area.

Raleigh firefighters battled flare-ups from a blaze in a house at 2217 Lash Ave. The fire involved the walls, attic and roof of the house, said officials.

Crews also brought a brief fire under control at a small commercial building on Meredith Anne Court, off Hillsborough Street near the Fairgrounds.

On Western Boulevard in Raleigh, a tree crashed onto the roadway, barely missing a sport-utility vehicle. The woman driving the SUV was shaken up but not hurt, said police.

Firefighters used chainsaws to cut and remove the limbs from the road.

In Cary, lightning apparently sparked a small fire in the Cary Towne Apartment Homes clubhouse. Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly, and no one was injured.

Cary police also directed traffic around a malfunctioning railroad crossing at West Chatham Street and Chapel Hill Road. The malfunction has not caused any signficant traffic problems, said officials.

Police said they believe that lightning affected the railroad signal system.


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  • myidea Jul 19, 2007

    Doodad- I agree Franklin County was also very affected by the storms. I heard many emergency calls for house fires, tree down, transformer fires happen cause of it. The great state of WAKE is all they report on.

  • seeingthru Jul 18, 2007

    well, we really need the rain

  • doodad Jul 18, 2007

    I just love how WRAL seems only to be inerested in Wake County. NEWSFLASH! Wayne, Jonston, and Sampson got pounded to!

  • gopanthers Jul 18, 2007

    Shoot and I missed it. Out of state visiting. I love a good Thunderstorm just as long as there is no damage and no one injured. Some say I'm an idiot though because (I WILL) sit on my porch during and watch it. LOL - Even if there is one at 2 in the morning and wakes me. Guess where I head for? Yep ! The front Porch.

  • crazylikeafox2 Jul 18, 2007

    Rev RB, she will grow out of it, but at 14 she should be used to them by now.

    The rain was so nice though, we all really needed it. It was definitely welcomed at our house.

  • LawnGuyLandGirl Jul 18, 2007

    Everytime we get these storms I think of War of the Worlds and get a little freaked out! I remember the scene with Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning and get spooked! :-)

  • headlong Jul 18, 2007

    ShayShay...I must have slept through the storms last night as well...did not hear a thing which is odd for me. My one dog HATES the thunder and normally crawls as close to me as possible.

    NorthCarolinaNative...already did my garden walk this morning and all in tact out there. I have 9 to 10 foot corn stalks which are still standing high. LOVE TO GARDEN!!!

    Hope everyone made it safely through the storms!!!

  • Adelinthe Jul 18, 2007

    coolmusicmom - "My fourteen year old step-daughter is TERRIFIED of storms. She was up all night last night. I stayed up with her as long as I could stay awake...I wish I could help her not be so scared."

    Perhaps the counseling of a psychologist to try to find the root of the terror might help.

    Praying for the girl, and for your family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jul 18, 2007

    It was a great storm. We have debris all over our yard to clean up, but no damage. Thank God!!!

    Praying for those who did experience damage and thanking God no one was seriously hurt.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Shandiggie1976 Jul 18, 2007

    The best sleep I have had in days...