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Raleigh Woman Struck by Lightning

Posted May 1, 1997

— Severe storms raced across the Triangle and eastern North Carolina Thursday night, leaving behind damaged homes, downed trees, and dozens of people without electricity.

In Wilson, dozens of trees were blown down onto houses and power lines. Crews worked well into the night to restore power in some neighborhoods.

Eastern Wake County was also hit by severe weather Thursday night. The high winds blew through Zebulon, not far from the site of last year's tornado strike, taking a mobile home off of its foundation. Sheila Jordan was inside recovering from a broken collar bone she received just the day before, but luckily, she escaped with no more than a bump on the head. Jordan at first said her biggest problem was that she had no place to go, but she later took refuge at her parents' home.

In Wendell, winds ripped the roof off of Mary and Carl Wilson's mobile home. They were not at home at the time.

In Raleigh, a woman was injured when lightning struck a shovel she was carrying. She told WRAL-TV5 News that she was a little shaken up, but officials say that she was not seriously hurt.

Only minor injuries were reported around the area Thursday night after the round of severe weather. WRAL chief meteorologistGreg Fishelsaid that the state stands another chance of severe weather this weekend.

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