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Storm Sends Wilson Roofers Scurrying for Cover

Posted July 24, 1997

— The storm's calling cards were driving rains and heavy winds. Leftovers from Hurricane Danny pounded Wilson and Rocky Mount just after 10:00 a.m. Thursday, causing a handful of power failures and mild damage.

John Thomas stepped outside his Wilson home to see a nearby transformer showering sparks onto the street. Thomas admits his nerves were torn up. He was expecting a tree to fall, but nothing like what blew through Thursday.

A few trees did fall, in fact. One road crew knocked down a city owned tree to keep it from falling into oncoming traffic. While the downpour lacked the punch of a Fran or Bertha, it was enough to send some workers scrambling for cover.

Roofers who were trying to repair storm damage from two months ago decided to wait this one out somewhere else. Roofer Bill Jenkins and the crew had to wait for the rain to ease off a bit before returning to their work.

As the storm finally moved away, people ventured outside to see the damage, knowing it could have been worse, and hoping it won't be worse next time around.

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