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Toppling Trees Kill One, Injure One in Wake County

Posted March 31, 1997

— It's been almost seven months since Hurricane Fran tore through the Triangle, but her deadly and destructive legacy continued Monday as wind gusts of close to 50 mph brought down trees and power lines weakened by the September storm.

A North Raleigh man planting azaleas in his yard was crushed when a tree fell on him in the Ivy Ridge subdivision. He has been identified as Tim Griffen.

Another man was injured when he was struck by a falling tree as he worked on the roof of a Raleigh house. Rescue workers said Alfonzo Voletta, 35, suffered multiple broken bones. He was taken to Wake Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Monday night.

In downtown Raleigh, a tree fell onto a house with two people inside. No one was hurt, but resident Naomi Harrison said the wind and the sound of the falling tree brought back some unpleasant memories from last fall.

Carolina Power and Light reported 16,000 customers without power at noon Monday. A spokesman said he expected all power to be restored within five or six hours. At least 5,000 of those customers were in the Triangle.

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